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As early as 1760, explorers came to the area now known as Rabun County. In the 1700s, the population of Cherokee in the area was so heavy in the area that this portion of the Appalachian Mountains were sometimes called the "Cherokee Mountains." The early explorers and settlers divided the Cherokee people into three divisions depending on location and dialect, the Lower, Middle, and Over-the-Hill. There were at least four Cherokee settlements in what would later become Rabun County. A Middle settlement called Stikayi (Stiyaki, Sticoa, Stekoa) was located on Stekoa Creek, probably southeast of the present-day Clayton. An Over-the-Hill settlement called Tallulah was located on the upper portion of the Tallulah River. There were also two Cherokee settlements of unknown division, Chicherohe (Chechero), which was destroyed during the American Revolutionary War, located along Warwoman Creek, east of Clayton, and Eastertoy (Eastatowth, Estatowee) which was located near the present-day Dillard.

John Dillard and his family were among the first documented settlers in the area in 1794 as a result of a land grant for his service in the American Revolution. The settlers were initially tolerated, but tensions increased as displaced Cherokees moved in from other areas.

The Georgia General Assembly passed an act to create the county in December 21, 1819 becoming Georgia’s forty-seventh county. The northern border of the county was established as latitude 35°N, which is the boundary between Georgia and North Carolina. The county is named for William Rabun, who served as the 11th Governor of Georgia from his election in 1817 until his death in 1819. In 1828, the Georgia General Assembly transferred a portion of Habersham County to Rabun County. In 1838, the legislature redefined the Rabun-Habersham county line. In 1856, the legislature used portions of Rabun and Union Counties to create Towns County

During the Civil War, Rabun County was one of only five Georgia counties that did not secede from the Union. Although the county was largely untouched by the Civil War, the area did border on anarchy during that time. Rabun County did field two regiments for the Confederate cause: Rabun 24th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company E, Rabun Gap Riflemen; and Rabun 52nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company F, Beauregard Braves.

With an average annual rainfall of over 70 inches, Rabun County has the title of the rainiest county in Georgia and one of the rainiest counties east of the Mississippi River.

The county seat is Clayton, Georgia.
[Source: wikipedia.org]

Cities and towns

Clayton. Incorporated: December 13, 1823;
Dillard. Incorporated 1906
Mountain City: Incorporated: 1907
Sky Valley. Incorporated: 1978
Tallulah Falls.
Tiger. Incorporated: 1904



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School Data

Villages  

Website Updates:

March 2014: Known Newspapers of Rabun County
World War 2 Army Honor Roll - Transcribed by Peggy Thompson
August 2013: Vietnam War Casualties
July 2013: List of Schools, 1914 Educational Survey; Information for Schools: Timson, Plum Orchard, Liberty, Grove, Germany, Burton, Betty's Creek, Chechero, Dillard, Bald Mountain, Powell's Gap, Camp Creek, Wolf Creek, Three Forks, Warwoman, Persimmon, Old Tiger, Rabun Gap, Hamby's, Pleasant Ridge, Tiger, Glades, Wolf Fork, Boiling Springs, Mt. Pleasant, Mountain City, Flat Creek, Ivy Hill, Well's Chapel, Clayton High School, Rabun Gap Industrial, Logan E. Bleckley Memorial Institute, Tallalulah Falls Industrial
March 2013: Town Histories  - Tiger, Spruce, and Tallulah Falls, - Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz
Jan 2013: County History , Quartz, Rabun Gap, - Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz
July 2011: List of Cemeteries and marriages from 1831 to 1835  news and obits -
Feb 2008: BURTON obit
Dec 2007: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Mortality Indexes; Death Records, biographies- 1840 Pensioners


Adjacent Counties
Macon County, North Carolina - north
Jackson County, North Carolina - northeast
Oconee County, South Carolina - east
Habersham County, Georgia - south
Towns County, Georgia - west
Clay County, North Carolina - northwest


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