Fannin County, Georgia

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Fannin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on January 21, 1854. As of 2000, the population was 19,798. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 22,580.[1] The county seat is Blue Ridge.[2]



The county is named for Georgia native James Fannin, who fought and died during the Texas Revolution.

Civil War

During the Civil War many men of Fannin County enlisted in Confederate Service to try and protect their homes from the invading Federal Army. They served in the following units. Men from Fannin would also join units in neighboring counties.

2nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company E, Joe Browns

11th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company E, Fannin Young Riflemen

52nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company H, Fannin Rifles

65th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company (Smith's Legion) B

65th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company (Smith's Legion) E


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 391 square miles (1,012.7 km2), of which 386 square miles (999.7 km2) is land and 6 square miles (15.5 km2) (1.45%) is water.

The Toccoa River, which rises in adjacent Union County, flows northward across Fannin County into Tennessee, where it becomes the Ocoee River. Blue Ridge Lake, created in the 1930s by the completion of Blue Ridge Dam (now operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority), spans a substantial stretch of the river in the northern part of the county.

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