Dillard, Georgia

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Dillard is a city in Rabun County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 198.



Dillard is located at 34°58′29″N 83°23′2″W / 34.97472°N 83.38389°W / 34.97472; -83.38389 (34.974716, -83.384009)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, Dillard has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land. The city is located in the Little Tennessee River valley immediately south of the North Carolina border and is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.


John Dillard settled in the area around what is now Dillard with his son, James Dillard, about 1823. James took title to 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land by purchasing the lottery rights of land holders in Rabun County. John Dillard served as a lieutenant in the Virginia Militia in the American Revolution where he was in the Battle of Guilford Court House and other battles. Both James and John were residents of Buncombe County, North Carolina prior to their settlement on lands now comprising Dillard, Georgia.

The small town is now known primarily for the Dillard House, a regionally well-known inn, restaurant and conference center that serves traditional southern fare. John M. Dillard of Greenville, South Carolina, has extensively documented the history of John Dillard and his descendants.


As of the census of 2000, there were 198 people, 88 households, and 55 families residing in the city. The population density was 127.9 people per square mile (49.3/km²). There were 115 housing units at an average density of 74.3/sq mi (28.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.94% White, 0.51% Native American, 5.56% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.63% of the population.

There were 88 households out of which 19.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.89.

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