|Creator:||Athens-Clarke County Development Co. (Athens, Ga.).|
|Title:||Athens-Clarke County Development Co. articles of incorporation|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (3 items)|
Athens, home of the University of Georgia (UGA), is located along the north Oconee River in Clarke County, in the rolling Piedmont of northeast Georgia. Athens and Clarke County combined to form a unified government in 1990. According to the 2000 U.S. census, Athens-Clarke County had a population of 101,489, making it Georgia's sixth-largest metropolitan statistical area. Athens -- New Georgia Encyclopedia http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org (Retrieved July 5, 2009)
Clarke County, in northeast Georgia, is the state's twenty-sixth county. It was originally inhabited by members of the Cherokee and Creek Indian nations, but the first white settlers arrived very soon after the end of the American Revolution (1775-83). Later, to entice new settlers to the area, the state offered 1,000 acres per family for a nominal sum. This opportunity drew a significant number of people of Scots-Irish descent from North Carolina and South Carolina. Watkinsville, located on land that eventually went to Oconee County, served as the county seat until 1871, when the state legislature made Athens the new seat. The town of Watkinsville evolved slowly, while Athens, with a rail terminus, grew quickly; after the University of Georgia (UGA) was established in Athens in 1785, the town became the county's center of commerce and education. The county also supports Athens Technical College, founded in 1958. A courthouse was built in Athens in 1876 and was replaced by the current courthouse in 1914. Several additions have been made to the courthouse in the years since its construction. Most of the county's residents live in Athens, and the city and county share a government known as the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, approved by voters in 1990. Clarke County -- New Georgia Encyclopedia http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org (Retrieved July 5, 2009)
The collection consists of the articles of incorporation of the Athens-Clarke County Development Co. Also included is one unidentified photograph.
Arranged in chronological order.
Athens-Clarke County Development Co. articles of incorporation, ms 2186. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.