Avid Bookshop presents Hugh C. Gordon and Margaret F. Sommer, on behalf of the Oconee County Historical Society, for their book, Watkinsville: From the Collection of Bobby Gordon. This event will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 6:30-7:30 pm at our Prince Avenue location and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book to get it signed by the authors!
You can purchase this event book online from Avid Bookshop here
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The city of Watkinsville was founded in 1801. By 1819, there were two churches, two hotels, three stores, and a score of dwellings. The arrival of the Central of Georgia Railway in 1888 and the fact that Watkinsville is the county seat helped the city grow. By 1940, the population was 558. The community had grown to include two more churches, a high school, a radio shop, a hardware store, a gas station, a cafe, several general stores, a beauty shop, and a drugstore with a soda fountain.
The photographs in this book are part of the Bobby Gordon Collection and were taken during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Robert Sydney Gordon was born on August 19, 1923. As a teenager, he became interested in photography and obtained a used camera. He grew up in Watkinsville, graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in business administration, and served during World War II as a radio operator with the 106th Cavalry.
ABOUT THE OCONEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
As a non-profit organization, the Oconee County Historical Society are dedicated to maintaining, enhancing and interpreting historic letters, documents, images, and artifacts plus preservation of historic buildings and other archaeological sites in Oconee County, Georgia, for the education and enjoyment of all.