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Incorporated Date: 
December 14, 1849
Total Area: 
2.1 sq mi
Contact Information
115 Chatham St.
Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Phone Number: 
(478) 472-6485
Fax Number: 
(478) 472-1241
Email Address: 

Oglethorpe, the Macon County seat, incorporated on December 14, 1849. The city remembers James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia.

Oglethorpe sits on the Flint River and by the 1840s had grown to become the largest and most active town in the southwest. In the 1850s and 1860s, though, the town suffered devastating smallpox and malaria epidemics. Many residents moved houses 20 miles south to Americus or burned the homes down entirely during these epidemics.