Photo by Blake Arledge, Alto, GA

Quick Facts About Habersham County

  • Habersham County was created on December 15, 1818 and was formed by the Cherokee Cessions of July 8, 1817, and February 27, 1819.
  • The county is named for Colonel Joseph Habersham, a member of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and Postmaster General appointed by George Washinton.
  • The county is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains range, in northeast Georgia.
  • In general, the county sits between 1,400-2,000 feet above sea level. The highest point in the county, the summit of Young Lick Mountain (called Young Lick Knob), reaches 3,800 feet above sea level.  The Appalachian Trail runs through Habersham County at Young Lick Knob.
  • The original size of the county was 713 square miles; the present size is 279 square miles. The county ranks 111th of 159 in total area.
  • The county population is estimated at 43,000 today; the 1990 census population was 27,621.
  • The climate here is mild. Average rainfall is about 57.23 inches with an average snowfall of 4.5 inches. The median temperature is 69.7 degrees.
  • Minerals found here are gold, kyanite, mica, graphite, garnets, cornelians, augite, asbestos, tourmaline, rubies, plumbage, iron, and diamonds
  • Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in the county. The main crops are peaches and apples, and the main industries are poultry and beef.
  • Tourism continues to be an integral factor in the county's economic development and growth. The county is also experiencing a steady growth in retirees.
  • Main landmarks in Habersham County are Tallulah Gorge in Tallulah Falls, and the Big Red Apple in Cornelia.
  • Major rivers are the Chattahoochee, Soque, Tugaloo and Tallulah.
  • The largest lake is Lake Russell. Parts of Lakes Yonah and Tugaloo are in Habersham County. Other regional lakes include Lake Burton, the largest of Georgia Power's north Georgia lakes, with 62 miles of shoreline; Tallulah Falls Lake; the 834-acre Lake Rabun; and Lake Seed.
  • Major highways are Hwy. 365 (divided four lane), Hwy. 441, Hwy. 23, Hwy. 17, and Hwy. 115.
  • The county seat is Clarkesville, other cities and towns in Habersham County are: Alto, Baldwin, Cornelia, Demorest, Mt. Airy and Tallulah Falls. There is one unincorporated community, Turnerville. Other named communities are Fairview, Hollywood, and Batesville.
  • Habersham County Medical Center and the Habersham County Health Department serve local public health care needs.
  • Public education facilities include 14 schools.
  • Top Employers are: Fieldale Farms, 2,035; Habersham County Board of Education, 930; Habersham County Hospital Authority, 650; Mt. Vernon Mills, 550; Ethicon, 500; Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute, Alto, 500; Scovill, 380.
  • Annual events in Habersham County include the Mountain Laurel Festival held each May in Clarkesville, the Chattahoochee Mountain Fair held each September in Clarkesville, the Big Red Apple Festival held each October in Cornelia, and the Habersham County E911 Children's Fun Fest held each October at the Habersham County Fairgrounds in Clarkesville.
  • Johnny Mize, known as "The Big Cat" and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was born in Demorest.  His home still stands and can be seen in the heart of Demorest not far from the Johnny Mize Athletic Center and Museum on the campus of Piedmont College. 
  • Tallulah Falls was once a popular destination for honeymooners; some historians say second only to Niagara Falls. The gorge has been called "the Grand Canyon of the East."
  • Clarkesville was incorporated as a village and designated the county seat in 1823.
  • Several museums are located in Habersham County: the Cornelia Railroad Depot Museum; the Johnny Mize Museum; the Loudermilk Boarding House Museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home of the Panoramic Encyclopedia of Everything Elvis; and the Mauldin House Visitors Center.