Habersham County, Georgia

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Habersham County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on December 15, 1818, and named for Colonel Joseph Habersham. As of 2000, the population was 35,902. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 42,272.[1] Clarkesville is the county seat. Chartered in 1823, the county seat is named for John C. Clarke, Revolutionary War General and Governor. Since 2009, Habersham County has been represented in the Georgia House of Representatives by Republican member Rick Austin. Since the reapportionment of 2007, Habersham County has been represented in the US House of Representatives as part of the 10th District. Representative Charlie Norwood represented the county for one month in 2007 until his death (February 13, 2007). The seat remained vacant until a special election in July 2007 which was won by Republican Athens physician Paul Broun.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 279 square miles (722.6 km2), of which 278 square miles (720.0 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.37%) is water. The highest point in the county is a 4,400-foot knob less than 700 linear feet southeast of the top of Tray Mountain, the sixth-highest mountain in Georgia. Habersham shares this portion of Tray Mountain, just 30 vertical feet shy of the peak's 4,430-foot summit, with White County to the west and Towns County to the north. 2.4 miles to the northeast of Tray Mountain is Young Lick Mountain (also known as Young Lick Knob) which exceeds 3,800 feet. The Appalachian Trail runs along the top of the high ridge between Young Lick and Tray, a part of the Blue Ridge Mountain crest.

The Chattahoochee River rises in what used to be Habersham county, as immortalized in Sidney Lanier's poem, "Song of the Chattahoochee":

=See also Hall County, Georgia.

But the county was cut up dramatically in the late 19th century to create Lumpkin, White, Stephens, Banks, and Franklin Counties.

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