Oglethorpe is named after James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia and a great civic leader who boldly stood against slavery. Founded in 1835, Atlanta's Oglethorpe University enrolls over 1,000 students representing 34 states and 28 countries. OU is consistently listed among the best colleges in the Princeton Review and Forbes, and has appeared on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006.
Oglethorpe University — Photo courtesy of Oglethorpe University
The Gothic campus of Oglethorpe University is quite picturesque and offers a beautiful backdrop for pictures. Students enjoy studying in many of the beautiful outdoor areas of the campus. There are also a broad range of cultural displays and modern art provided.
A short, five-minute car trip up Peachtree Road from Buckhead, the museum and university are surrounded by the quiet residential neighborhood of Brookhaven. There is a museum onsite with a small admission fee, but roaming the campus costs nothing.
Oglethorpe hosts the Shakespeare and Celtic festivals here, as well as many other special exhibits at their museum. It's hard to believe that this serene place of education exists amidst all the action of the city. Make sure to check the university's website to see what cultural events are going on or what's on display at the museum.