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.
Please join us in working toward this goal. Become a member today or renew your membership.
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The Rabun County Historical Society has been established to:
Three important occurrences in Rabun County history shaped who and what we are today. Amazingly, all three events happened during the first quarter of the twentieth century, from roughly 1900 to 1925. The most important event, because it influenced the other two, was the coming of the railroad.
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