Government of White County
About White County Georgia
is a political subdivision of the State of Georgia. Nestled in the
Northeast Georgia Mountains, White County was once a part of the
Cherokee Indian Nation. The Indian Mound at the intersection of Highways
17 and 75 is one of several known mounds in the area and is one of the
most recognizable landmarks in the State. Gold was discovered in the
Duke’s Creek area in 1828, beginning the Great Georgia Gold Rush, which
led to the removal of the Indians via the Trail of Tears.
White County, the 123rd of the 159 counties formed in Georgia, was created in 1857 from a part of the original landlot county of Habersham. The county was named for Newton County Representative David T. White, who helped a Habersham representative successfully attain passage of an act creating the new countyThe Chattahoochee River has its headwaters in the northern
portion of White County. Landmarks, historical events, and names such as
Chattahoochee, Sautee, Nacoochee, and Yonah are examples of White
County’s historic past being part of our every day lives.
White County and the surrounding mountains draw people by the thousands as tourists, but many stay. Growth in White County has been 53 percent in the last ten years and is expected to continue to rise in the next decade. White County still has a lot of farming; and, the pastoral views of sturdy stands of corn and rolls of hay in the gentle pastures, along with the mountains, rivers and streams, is one of the advantages of living here. Another advantage would be in White County’s proximity to the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, making it the best of both worlds.
White County has many opportunities for its future growth. Its location attracts growth and tourism. A Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is in place to improve roads, water, sewer, recreational and governmental facilities in the County.
In order to protect and preserve the environment and the beauty of the area, regulations for River Corridor, Groundwater Recharge, Wetlands, Watershed Protection, and Mountain and Hillside Protection have been implemented.
White County has many opportunities and challenges for its future. Preserving its environment, beauty and history while meeting the growth and needs of the future is the goal of the Board of Commissioners.