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In addition to the old courthouse museum, White County has many other historical sites. Around the Cleveland square there are several buildings that date back to the early 1900s. A brochure available at the museum provides a history of the square and is titled “A Look at Historic Downtown Cleveland, Georgia”. Just one block off the north side of the square the old jail houses the White County Chamber of Commerce, also on the National Register of Historic Places. To the east is Cleveland Historic Cemetery 1866 and the Telford-Kenimer historic home on the northeast side.

Other places of interest include four religious camp meeting sites, first gold discovery site, Sautee-Nacoochee Indian mound, Crescent Hill Church, Kellum Valley, Unicoi State park, Smithgall Woods historic site, Hardman farm, home of Meaders pottery site.

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Short Histories

There are "tall tales," legends, stories and folklore passed off as history in several papers and programs. In an effort to provide accurate information on historical subjects, this website has developed carefully researched articles on a number of White County subjects. These articles rely on the written record of unimpeachable sources and, hopefully, are presented in a readable format. The first six are available here and 7 or 8 additional subjects will be added. The first seven are:

The Unicoi Turnpike -1812 to 1928 (Go to Page)
The Early Settlers of Nacoochee Valley – 1815 to 1830 (Go to Page)

Gold in Nacoochee Valley (Go to Page)

The Gainesville and Northwestern Railroad (Go to Page.)

The Callas Mill – 1862 to Present (Go to Page)

Blacks in White County, an article in the White County News-Telegraph, Feb. 14, 2000. (Go to Page.)

Dock Dorsey (1859-1955): From Slave to Farmer and Saw-miller. Go to Page.

The Richest Man in North Georgia
Francis Logan and His Children. Go to Page.