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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As Georgia’s first Forest Ranger, it only seems fitting that Roscoe Conklin Nicholson would have been born in “Pine Mountain,” a heavily forested area in Rabun County where Mr. Nicholson developed the values needed to become one of the most important early figures in the history of the Chattahoochee National Forest.
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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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