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Fannin County Georgia


In 1854, Fannin County became recognized as a North Georgia county. It was created from parts of Union and Gilmer counties. Fannin County was named in honor of James Walker Fannin who was known as a war hero. Fannin surrendered his 400 man regiment to General Jose Urrea during the battle of Coleto in the War for Texas Independence. Because Fannin surrendered his regiment he was executed by orders from his commanding officer.

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Morganton was named the county seat of Fannin County where towns became known as farm communities and modest towns. The rail company proposed building a railroad through the mountains and naturally Morganton felt that it should run through the county seat. However, the railway didn't think this was the best route and chose a different location for the railroad hub. This decision brought along the formation of the town of Blue Ridge which was incorporated in 1887. The town got its name from its location as the southern gateway of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The building of this railway brought the future to Fannin County. This railway carried passengers, supplies and modern conveniences to this new location and would haul raw materials from the mountains to the low lands. Due to the new "great iron highway," Blue Ridge became a booming town where entrepreneurs, investors, and tourist headed so they could get away from the overcrowded cities, and they would stay for long periods of time much like people do today.

A lot of attention was being brought to Blue Ridge during this time due to its rapid growth. On both sides of the railroad tracks, hotels, inns, restaurants, dry goods stores and stables were being built to accommodate the population. The new railway hub in Blue Ridge provided many jobs for residents of Fannin County. Prominent homes, schools and churches were also being built at this time. The rapid growth in Blue Ridge forced Fannin County's seat to be moved here in 1895 for convenience sake.

Another Fannin County town is Mineral Bluff which predates the railway and grew quickly to accommodate the growth. This Fannin County community was known for its inspirational water and spa retreats. It was a great location for these retreats due to its pure mineral springs, fresh air, wholesome foods, and beautiful landscapes that allowed for a relaxed mountain lifestyle.

Dial, Georgia is another town located in Fannin County. Dial is located in the southern mountain valley and along the banks of the Toccoa River. Dial is known as a mountain farm community and was founded in 1834, being one of the first communities settled in this region. The thing people find intriguing about this community is that it is full of modest home and small farms, and there is no town located here. There are several landmark constructions consisting of barns and outhouses. This community has not changed at all in the last 100 years, making it very unique and rural.

Fannin County has a lot of history and that is what makes this county so unique. With its beautiful surroundings, diversity, and historical landmarks many people are opting to move here for a peaceful, mountain lifestyle.

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