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White County, covering 242 square miles, is
located on the eastern flank of the Appalachian Mountain chain
approximately eighty miles northeast of Atlanta. It encompasses most of
the headwater streams of the Chattahoochee River and is thus a major
source of Atlanta's water supply. Georgia's 123rd county, carved out of
Habersham County by an act of the state legislature in 1857, was named for
David White, a legislator from Newton County. He helped pass the bill that
created White County.
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The first white settlers who came to the
area, which once belonged to the Cherokee Indians, emigrated from nearby
Georgia counties and from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Most settlers engaged in subsistence farming, as the mountainous terrain
made it unsuitable for large-scale agricultural enterprises. In 1828 gold
was discovered in the area of Duke's Creek (now the Nacoochee River),
launching a gold rush. Nine gold mines operated in the county, and gold
mining continued for more than 100 years.
Cleveland was chosen for
the county seat and named in honor of General Benjamin Cleveland, an early
White County settler and a veteran of the War of 1812.
White County's second town, grew up around a lumber mill established on
the banks of the Chattahoochee River in 1911. The only railroad ever to
serve White County, the Gainesville and Northwestern Railroad, was built
to transport mill products. The railroad went out of business in the early
1930s. Following a long decline, Helen experienced a renewal in 1969 when
a group of local entrepreneurs transformed it into a look-alike Bavarian
New Georgia Encyclopedia". Material used under "Fair Use"
Histories, Tesnattee, Robertstown, and Sautee
Deaths 1919-25; List of
Cemeteries; Marriages 1858-1901, towns; WW2 Army Honor
Roll-Married FINGER - QUILLIAN. Mortality Census 1860-1870 and