Rabun County Chamber of Commerce

Rabun County Chamber of Commerce
The Rabun County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business association whose mission is to grow its members’ business. It is a trusted source of information for locals and visitors alike and is actively growing throughout our region. The Chamber helps members grow by providing clear value through exclusive marketing, networking, training, and benefits programs. The Chamber is also here to help our community and visitors find the goods and services they need through the Welcome Center.
Rabun County, Georgia, was created from Cherokee lands by the Georgia Legislature on December 21, 1819, and named for William Rabun, the recently deceased Governor of Georgia. However, our rich heritage predates that significantly. Evidence has been found that Aboriginal people inhabited the area as long as 10,000 years ago, but our more traceable history begins with Cherokee Indians. Long before Columbus discovered America, they populated the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Southern Appalachian region that is now northeast Georgia. Despite the seemingly formidable wilderness, they maintained a complex society fostered by active trading and communication among villages. An elaborate network of trading routes and footpaths linked the area. In fact, several major paths intersected at a place called the English equivalent of Dividings, now the site of Clayton, the county seat. Many original Cherokee names for rivers and villages remain in evidence, such as Nacoochee, Tallulah, Terrora, Chechero, and Stekoa. These, and the artifacts still unearthed today, link us to those early times.