Eagle Tavern (Watkinsville, Georgia)

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Eagle Tavern
Eagle Tavern, Macon Road, Watkinsville (Oconee County, Georgia).jpg
Eagle Tavern circa 1936
Eagle Tavern (Watkinsville, Georgia) is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Eagle Tavern (Watkinsville, Georgia)
LocationWatkinsville, Georgia, United States
Coordinates33°51′50.8854″N 83°24′34.6284″W / 33.864134833°N 83.409619000°W / 33.864134833; -83.409619000Coordinates: 33°51′50.8854″N 83°24′34.6284″W / 33.864134833°N 83.409619000°W / 33.864134833; -83.409619000
NRHP reference #70000215
Added to NRHP13 May 1970

The Eagle Tavern is one of the earliest surviving structures in Watkinsville, Oconee County, Georgia, United States. The Eagle Tavern was built circa 1801[1] but possibly as early as 1794.[2] In the early part of the 19th century, the city of Watkinsville, Georgia was on the frontier of Creek and Cherokee Indian Territories. The site of the tavern may also have been the site of Fort Edwards, a gathering place for settlers seeking protection from attack by the Creek and Cherokee.[2] The building housed a hotel until about 1930.[3] The tavern was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 13 May 1970.[4]

Today, The Eagle Tavern is open weekly for tours of its rich history and ghostly tales. The Eagle Tavern has also been a popular spot for many paranormal investigators, due to the success rate of evidence during investigations. William Bender, author of Haunted Atlanta and Beyond proclaims it might be the "most haunted building in North Georgia."[5]


  1. ^ "Visiting Oconee » What to do:". visitoconee.com. Oconee County Department of Tourism. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Eagle Tavern Museum". www.museumsusa.org. Stories USA, Inc. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  3. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 68. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  4. ^ "Eagle Tavern". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 20 February 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Ghostly Georgia". www.onlineathens.com. Athens Banner Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2011.

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