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Fannin County, located in the northern part of Georgia, has a rich history dating back to the Native American tribes that inhabited the area. The Cherokee were the dominant tribe in the region, and they established communities and trade networks along the Toccoa River. However, their way of life came to an end with the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which forced the tribe's relocation to the west on the infamous Trail of Tears.

Following the removal of the Cherokee, European settlers began to flock to the region. Fannin County was officially established in 1854 and named after Colonel James Fannin, a hero of the Texas Revolution. The county quickly grew, with agriculture and mining becoming crucial to the local economy. Timber was also a significant industry, with sawmills popping up throughout the county.

The Civil War had a significant impact on Fannin County, as it did on the rest of the South. The area was divided, with some residents supporting the Confederacy and others remaining loyal to the Union. The Battle of Blue Ridge, a small skirmish, took place in the county in 1864. Although not particularly significant in the larger context of the war, it represented the ongoing struggles faced by the community during this turbulent period.

In the 20th century, Fannin County transitioned into a popular tourist destination, known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreational activities. The completion of the Blue Ridge Dam in 1930 created Lake Blue Ridge, providing additional opportunities for fishing and boating. Today, Fannin County continues to thrive as a tourist destination, attracting visitors with its stunning natural landscapes, charming small towns, and rich history.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Fannin County, Georgia.

  • 1833: Fannin County is established by the Georgia General Assembly.
  • Late 1830s: First settlers begin to arrive in Fannin County.
  • 1840: The county's first courthouse is completed.
  • 1854: The Atlanta and North Carolina Railroad starts operating in Fannin County.
  • 1861-1865: Fannin County residents fight in the American Civil War.
  • 1875: The county's second courthouse is constructed.
  • 1899: The Blue Ridge Railway starts serving Fannin County.
  • 1902: The Blue Ridge Inn, a renowned hotel, opens its doors.
  • 1930s: The federal government initiates the construction of Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County.
  • 2007: The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway opens, attracting tourists to Fannin County.
  • 2010s: Fannin County experiences significant growth in its tourism industry.