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By David Seibert, June 18, 2011
Cleveland Marker
Georgia (White County), Cleveland — 154-4 — Cleveland
When White County was formed in 1857, Mt. Yonah was selected as the County-seat. The majority of its residents wished to rename it Sheltonville for William H. Shelton, who sponsored the formation of the new county. Shelton asked that it be named . . . — Map (db m43702) HM
Georgia (White County), Cleveland — 154-9 — Discovery of Gold
In 1828 gold was discovered here on Duke`s Creek, White County, by two people. John Witheroods of North Carolina found a 3-ounce nugget and a Negro servant of Major Frank Logan of Louisville, Georgia, also discovered gold on the creek. Early . . . — Map (db m10033) HM
Georgia (White County), Cleveland — 154-2 — Mossy Creek and Rock Springs Campgrounds
Mossy Creek Campground was established in 1833 and has continued as a site of yearly religious revival meetings since that time. Rock Springs Campground was established in 1887 and is one of the few remaining camp-meeting sites organized by black . . . — Map (db m21521) HM
Georgia (White County), Cleveland — 154-3 — White County
White County, created by Act of Dec. 22, 1857, was cut off from Habersham and Lumpkin Counties. Wm. H. Shelton, Repr. from Habersham at the session tried twice to have the county formed but failed. Repr. David T. White of Newton Co. backed the bill . . . — Map (db m21294) HM
Georgia (White County), Helen — 154-6 — Early Trading Post
At this point, just north of the safest ford in the Chattahoochee River, the first white settlers in this area built their campfires in 1822. A trading post was soon established on the site and Indians traded gold nuggets and gold-dust to the . . . — Map (db m43704) HM
Georgia (White County), Helen — 154-2 — Nacoochee Indian Mound
Nacoochee Indian Mound was the center of the ancient Cherokee town of Gauxule, visited by DeSoto in 1540 in his search for gold, according to legend. On this ceremonial mound, 190 feet long, 150 feet wide and 20 feet high, stood the Town House where . . . — Map (db m10049) HM
Georgia (White County), Helen — 154-10 — Nacoochee ValleyValley of the Evening Star
This valley has long fascinated travelers, writers and artists. It was farmed for centuries by Indians and white men alike. The valley was devastated by Spanish and American gold hunters and timbermen and has been carefully nurtured by prosperous . . . — Map (db m43706) HM
Georgia (White County), Nacoochee — 154-1R — The Unicoi Turnpike
This road is the Old Unicoi Turnpike, first vehicular route to link East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and North Georgia with the head of navigation on the Savannah River system. Beginning on the Tugalo River, to the east of Toccoa, the road led . . . — Map (db m25328) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee — 154-1 — Stovall Mill Covered Bridge
Fred Dover constructed a bridge and nearby grist, saw and shingle mill complex here in the late 1800s. The original bridge washed away in the early 1890s and Will Pardue replaced it in 1895 with the present 38-foot structure. Dover sold the . . . — Map (db m8984) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee Nacoochee — African American Heritage Site
The African American Heritage Site preserves one of North Georgia’s few surviving slave dwellings and interprets the lives of black people in bondage in Appalachia before the Civil War. Framed by 19th century landscaping and displaying antebellum . . . — Map (db m120452) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee Nacoochee — Blacksmith ShopAfican American Heritage Site
Essential to settlers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, many small farm blacksmith shops dotted the landscape in these hills and valleys. Larger industrial foundries and commercial blacksmith shops were located at intersections of commerce, . . . — Map (db m120469) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee Nacoochee — Cooling Vat
Slaves quarried and hand-chiseled this two-ton stone trough. Cool water preserved perishable foods, such as butter, cream and milk, in clay pots on the shelves of this 19th century refrigerator. Slave labor contributed to the settlement of this area . . . — Map (db m120454) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee Nacoochee — Emancipation WallAfican American Heritage Site
Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, legally freeing slaves in rebellious states and regions controlled by Union forces. According to oral tradition, E.P. Williams stood on a rock wall surrounding his home to read . . . — Map (db m120466) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee Nacoochee — 154-5 — Joe Brown Pikes
On Sautee Creek just north of here are remains of a dam constructed as part of a grist mill owned by Edwin P. Williams. During the War Between the States, to arm the Home Guard, Gov. Joseph E. Brown had made a great number of pikes, daggers on long . . . — Map (db m120350) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee Nacoochee — Millstones
Quarriers cut millstone blanks from an exposed ledge of gneiss rock adjacent to Mill Rock Branch, a small stream at the upper end of Sautee Valley. They used hardened steel hammers known as mill picks to cut grooves (lands) and ridges to shape the . . . — Map (db m120453) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee Nacoochee — Slave Dwelling
The Nacoochee slave cabin is one of only a few slave dwellings to survive in Georgia. Built on a stacked stone foundation and framed with hand-hewn timbers and lumber bearing the telltale marks of a sash saw, it saw for more than 150 years on the . . . — Map (db m120455) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee Nacoochee — Slave Garden
Many masters allowed their slaves to work a garden patch near their dwellings for personal consumption, to supplement limited rations, or to sell surplus produce to acquire “luxury” items like fish hooks or farm tools. Slaves cultivated . . . — Map (db m120467) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee-Nacoochee — Bishop Marvin A. Franklin
Marvin Augustus Franklin was born a few miles from here January 19, 1894 and early in life united with the Nacoochee Methodist Church. He was licensed to preach October 26, 1910 and joined the North Georgia Annual Conference at Elberton, Ga., . . . — Map (db m26022) HM
Georgia (White County), Sautee-Nacoochee — 154-8 — White Methodist Church<------<<<<
A Methodist Church has stood on this site since the early 1820’s when one was built by the first white settlers in Nacoochee Valley. Six acres of land to be used for the church and cemetery were deeded to the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1836 by . . . — Map (db m26021) HM

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