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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.

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.

Helen, 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 village.

[Source: "The New Georgia Encyclopedia". Material used under "Fair Use" limitations.]

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Villages: White County
 Vietnam War Casualties
Township Histories, Tesnattee, Robertstown, and Sautee
Pleasant Retreat
Deaths 1919-25; List of Cemeteries; Marriages 1858-1901, towns; WW2 Army Honor Roll-Married FINGER - QUILLIAN. Mortality Census 1860-1870 and 1880
1883 Pensioners
Death Certs 1920-26

Adjacent Counties
Towns County, Georgia - north
Habersham County, Georgia - east
Hall County, Georgia - south
Lumpkin County, Georgia - west
Union County, Georgia - northwest

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