Land Area: 403 Square Miles
Altitude: From 500 to 600 feet above sea level
County Seat: Greensboro
Climate and Terrain:
Generally mild with a frost-free growing season of about 225 days per year.  Summer temperatures are often above 90 with approximately 50 days per year below freezing.  Rainfall averages 47 inches per year.   Gently rolling hills, mostly wooded.


Population Demographics
County 16,000 Income:
Per Capita:  $29,741
Per Household:  $36,104
Median age:   39.1
48% male population
52% female population
Greensboro 3,332
Union Point 1,550
Siloam 337
White Plains 302
Woodville 420



Founded in 1786, this city is the county seat and hometown of Lake Oconee.  Selection in 1997 as one of the first five Better Home Town Communities in Georgia, it is steeped in southern history and tradition, rich with elegant antebellum homes and churches.  Greensboro's "Gaol" is one of the oldest penal structures in Georgia and the Greene County Courthouse is one of the finest examples of stately revival architecture.  The historical buildings in the downtown area are filled with enticing wares, featuring antiques, clothing, gifts and jewelry. The community has maintained a unique character with the recognition of being listed on the National Register of Historical Places for five distinct historic districts and numerous individual sites.

Originally named Smyrna, the town was settled in the early part of the 19th century.  Home of Nathanael Greene Academy, Siloam also has several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been proposed as a National Historic District.  Siloam has five churches - two Baptist, two Methodist and a Presbyterian.

Union Point
Developed from a railroad junction in 1834, Union Point is the home of Chipman Union Hosiery Mill.  This historic mill complex of 20 buildings was built in the late 1800s, and continued to operate until November 2001.  Known for its fine Victorian residential and commercial structures, Union Point also features one of the state's oldest churches, Bethesda Baptist, organized in 1785.  A new 100-foot mural in the heart of town depicts the town's interesting history.  Newcomers have joined long-time residents helping the town implement "a vision for the preservation of our sense of place," stated Lee Nelson, the Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Director.  Many improvements are planned and underway including a biking and walking trail between Athens and Union Point and the restoration of 1940s movie theatre.  Please visit Union Point at

White Plains
This community was incorporated in 1856 and named for its grayish-white sandy soil, White Plains has several late 1800s Gothic Revival structures.  Another historic site and attraction is the beautiful Baptist Church which was organized in 1806.  The current structure, built in 1887, is the fourth church building on that site.  White Plains is also the home of Holcomb's Barbecue, a regional favorite recognized by Southern Living magazine.  White Plains is also proud of the agriculture industry which still goes strong today.

This village was incorporated in 1911 and is located five miles north of Union Point is said to have been given its name because trains were loaded with wood here in the early 1800s.  This community features several sites, including the old schoolhouse and city hall, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.