Habersham County Historical Society

228 North Main St.
Cornelia, GA 30531

Letter from Ed Brown

Ivie BuildingWe meet the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

The Historical Society museum, including the Ruby Brock Burrell Standard Telephone Museum, is open on meeting nights and the first Saturday of each month.


Please consider joining or donating to the Historical Society!

The Historical Society building and museum is open for visitors the first Saturday of each month. Hours are 11 a.m-2 p.m. Please come by and say hello!


To the right is our building at 228 N. Main Street. Known as the Ivie Building, it was built in the early part of the 20th century so peach and apple growers would have a place to socialize.


From the Aug. 25, 1938, Tri-County Advertiser: starting the work on the Tallulah Gorge Bridge book
Shown are 2013 officers and trustees: Curtis Martin, Ed Brown, Tom Hodges, Josh Marks, Margie Mosavi, Debby Satterfield, Sarah Fenner and George Grant. book


50 years ago - September 1963

- John Kollock designed and printed historical brochures for the 125th anniversary of Grace Episcopal Church.

- Charles Clegg, President of Young Harris College, died of a heart attack. Prior to coming to Young Harris, he was president of the North Georgia Trade School.

- Maj. Benjamin Purcell became professor of military science at Kemper Military School in Missouri.

- NASCAR Grand National Champion Joe Weatherly was scheduled to appear at Stovall Motor Company in October.

- State Senator Zell Mill flatly denied that he would be a candidate for Congress any time in the near future.

75 years ago - September 1938

- Clarkesville Schools opened with 223 high school students and 265 grammar school students.

- A delegation traveled to Washington, D.C. to obtain Rural Electrification Administration (REA) approval for the Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC). The REA authorized a grant of $183,000 for building electric lines in Habersham, Hall, White, and Rabun Counties.

- Governor E.D. Rivers, running for re-election, and Eugene Talmadge, running for U.S. Senate, delivered campaign speeches in Habersham County. Governor Rivers and U.S. Senator Walter F. George won re-election in the Democratic Primary. George carried Habersham County with 1115 votes to Talmadge's 1113. Talmadge filed contests challenging the election results in Habersham and thirty-two other Georgia counties. The Habersham County Democratic Executive Committee voted 8 to 7 to reject the Talmadge petition for a recount.

- A newly paved six-mile section of the Lake Burton Road was opened.

- The Public Works Administration approved a grant for an expansion to the state tuberculosis sanitarium at Alto.

- Grace Episcopal Church planned an October celebration of its 100th anniversary.

- Habersham defeated Chicopee 9-7 to win the Northeast Georgia League baseball championship.

- Tex Ritter starred in "Trouble in Texas" at the Habersham Theater.

The Habersham County Historical Society seeks to preserve and promote the history of Habersham County and the entire Northeast Georgia area. We welcome new members and visitors!

Email us at info@habershamhistoricalsociety.org

Joseph Habersham



This portrait is signed "Glascock Reynolds" and was obtained from Joseph Habersham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2000.


Upcoming meeting program

The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 10. The speaker is to be determined. The public is welcome!

Georgia Historical Society

  • Many thanks to our 2013 organizational members!:
  • City of Cornelia
  • Johnson Railway Service
  • The Hollow Log
  • Habersham County Chamber of Commerce
  • North Georgia Turf
  • Habersham EMC
  • Jack Bradley Insurance
  • Compass Pest Control

  • 2013 officers:
  • President, Ed Brown
  • Vice president, Dr. Tom Hodges
  • Treasurer, Curtis Martin
  • Secretary, Margie Mosavi

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