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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
The county seat is
Cities and towns
Clayton. Incorporated: December 13, 1823;
Dillard. Incorporated 1906
Mountain City: Incorporated: 1907
Sky Valley. Incorporated: 1978
Tiger. Incorporated: 1904