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Oglethorpe County was founded in 1793 and named for General James Edward Oglethorpe who was the founder of the Colony of Georgia. It is the largest county (in area) in Northeast Georgia. Oglethorpe County has a rich history and has been home to many leaders including U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators, Georgia Governors, Georgia Supreme Court Justices and other notables such as Meriwether Lewis, leader of the Lewis and Clarke Expedition.
Leadership Oglethorpe, a joint project of the Chamber, Rotary Club and Fanning Institute at UGA, is intended to prepare the next generation of Oglethorpe County leaders.
The Georgia Chamber SMART Plan launched in 2018 as a new, comprehensive health program offered to small businesses that are members of the Chamber. The plan allows smaller employers to join together to share in the overall claims risk. By being part of a larger, self-funded pool, employers have financial protection backed by Anthem. To find out more about the Chamber SMART Plan contact your local insurance agent.
The Crawford Depot (circa 1848) is the home of the Oglethorpe County Chamber of Commerce. The building is said to be built with original Lithonia granite crossties used by the railroad. It is one of the few remaining stone depots built by the Georgia Railroad. Your donation will go to help with the ongoing renovation and maintenance of this Historic Depot located at 1158 Athens Road in Crawford.