The Eagle Tavern is one of a few early surviving structures in Watkinsville, Georgia. The Eagle Tavern is said to have been built in 1801, but could have possibly been built in 1794. In the early part of the 19th century Watkinsville was on the frontier of the Creek and Cherokee Indian Territories according to historic records. The tavern also was the site of Fort Edwards, a gathering place for many settlers seeking shelter from attacks from the Creek and Cherokee Indians. The building was also used as a hotel in the 1930’s. On May, 13, 1970 the Eagle Tavern was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The goal for this project was to maintain and preserve the structural integrity of this historic home, while finishing the project before the popular Oconee County Fall Festival. Our company replaced several decaying boards with rough cut lumber that would have been similar to the material used during the time the building was built. Once all the decaying wood was replaced, we prepped the house by scraping, caulking, applying one full coat of primer, and applying two finish coats of paint to insure the wood on the home was well preserved.