Rabun County is located in Southern Appalachia and was part of the Cherokee Nation for thousands of years before the arrival of white settlers. The State of Georgia removed the Cherokees in 1819 and gave the land to settlers in a land lottery. Despite isolation brought on by high mountains and wild rivers, our scenic beauty has beckoned visitors since the mid-nineteenth century.
The mission of the Rabun County Historical Society is to preserve, collect, organize and disseminate information about Rabun County's past in order to further its understanding.
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At age ten, Luther Franklin Rickman (1889 – 1969) announced to his mother that he would one day become Sheriff of Rabun County. Reportedly, his mother advised him to start making lots of friends, since he would need as many as possible to get elected to such an important position. Young Luther seems to have taken this advice to heart, making enough friends to complete a law enforcement career that lasted over four decades.
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At the turn of the twentieth century, Rabun County remained largely isolated from the outside world. This would change dramatically with the coming of a railroad which also brought tourism, logging and dam building.
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