The City of Dillard was incorporated in 1906. Revolutionary War veteran John Dillard and his family first visited the area in 1794 . After purchasing land from the Cherokees in what was then Indian Territory, the Dillards repurchased the land after it was given to settlers in a land lottery in the county’s 1819 creation. John’s son, James Dillard, became Justice of the Peace for the county and was elected to the state house in 1824.
The Dillard family established many of the early businesses in the area. The iconic Dillard House Inn and restaurant by descendant John Dillard, and is one of the South’s most well known restaurants. Andrew Jackson Ritchie, who founded the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, was another direct descendant of the Dillards.
Located just south of the Georgia/North Carolina boarder, Dillard has become well known for its growing number of antique, craft, and specialty shops which make Dillard a favorite stop for mountain visitors, as well as a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, Dillard’s population is estimated at 234 residents.