Georgia State Senate


Commemorating the centennial of the City of Winterville; and for other purposes.

          WHEREAS, land grants in the late 1700's brought settlers to what is now the Winterville area in Athens-Clarke County; and 

          WHEREAS, with the building of Georgia's first railroad, housing began to cluster around a wood and water stop called Six-Mile Station, six miles east of Athens on the Oglethorpe-Clarke County line, in the 1840's; and

          WHEREAS, the rail road attracted three brothers from Germany, surnamed Winter, and the rail stop became known as Winter's Station; and 

          WHEREAS, in 1866, the Oglethorpe Post Office was designated as Winterville, and 

          WHEREAS, in 1904, the City of Winterville was incorporated, and in 1906, the Oglethorpe portion of the town was transferred to Clarke County; and 

          WHEREAS, today, Winterville retains its charter and is still a municipality, the only one entirely located within the unified Athens-Clarke County; and 

          WHEREAS, many of Winterville's lovely Victorian homes were built in the 1870's and 1880's; and 

          WHEREAS, the 1920's was a peak time of economic activity in Winterville and newspaper accounts at the time list five general stores, a drug store, a bank, two garages, two cotton gins, two grist mills, and 510 residents; and 

          WHEREAS, Winterville has been home to some of the best schools in the area, with a championship basketball team at the High school and many other school activities to boost community spirit; and 

          WHEREAS, Winterville was home to the annual Marigold Festival from 1971 to 2002 and funds from the festival were used to beautify and improve the community through the renovation of buildings, furnishing of the building for the Winterville branch of the Athens Regional Library, building of a playscape in the park, and many other projects; and 

          WHEREAS, it is appropriate to commemorate the City of Winterville on its centennial and to extend best wishes to the residents of this fine community.

          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body commemorate the City of Winterville on its centennial and extend their most sincere best wishes of the residents of the city for future success and happiness.

          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to Mayor Jim Mercer.

Senate Resolution 1028
     By: Senator Kemp of the 46th
Adopted in the Senate March 31, 2004

Mark Taylor

Frank Eldridge, Jr.

Eric Johnson

Brian P. Kemp