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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It’s a fairly certain bet that in mid-twentieth century Rabun County the only person to exchange Christmas cards with Eleanor Roosevelt and to keep Martin Luther King, Jr.’s number beside her phone was Lillian Smith.
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When Rabun County was created from Indian Territory in 1819, this part of southern Appalachia was the frontier, difficult to reach and with none of the niceties available in the cities of the Eastern Seaboard like organized schooling. Education was considered the responsibility of parents alone. From these inauspicious beginnings, education in Rabun County has progressed by leaps and bounds.
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