Ellijay, GA – Apple Capital of Georgia

Ellijay has several streets of buildings that extends out from the town square.  The town does not have any really old buildings, because the town knocks them down and builds a new building in its place.  The Tabor House is the Historical Society’s home, but it is shabby and in need of painting and repairs, I guess it’s next to be knocked down.  But, the town is nice, lots of stores, restaurants and things to do.

Ellijay is the anglicized form of the Cherokee name Elatseyi, meaning “green earth”.  Ellijay is a city in Gilmer County and became the county seat in 1834. The town is the “Apple Capital of Georgia” and they have an Apple Festival in October, it takes place at Ellijay Lion’s Club Fairgrounds for 45 years.

The Train Depot on Depot Street is getting a face lift because Ellijay is getting a train in a few weeks.  The inside of the depot is being repaired.

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Tabor House and Civil War Museum and Gilmer County Historical Society – the museum has artifacts of the Cherokee people and a uniform & items from the Civil War.  The ladies at the museum give tours of the house and they cover the town, the Cherokee people and Civil War. The house is from the 1870s. –  138 Spring St. (picture below)

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Tabor House & Civil War Museum

Gilmer Arts and Heritage Assn – the gallery has works of art from local and regional artists and craftspeople.  The gallery has paintings, pottery, sculptures and textiles.  There is also a gift shop. 207 Dalton St.

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GILMER ARTS

New Ground Market – local food & specialty items – 118 N. Main St

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Cartecay Bike Shop – besides bikes, the shop offers bike trips based on experience. – 123 N Main St & Martyn House Coffee – 131 N Main St

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CARTECAY BIKE SHOP & MARTYN COFFEE SHOP

Main Street Antiques – 66 N. Main St

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MAIN STREET ANTIQUES

Cartecay River Trading Company – 58 N Main St

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CARTECAY RIVER TRADING

Whistle Tree Pottery – 10 N Main & Mountain Treasures – antiques & vintage – 14 N Main St

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WHISTLE TREE POTTERY & MOUNTAIN TREASURES

Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company –  65 varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegars –  South Main St.

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Sweet Shop of the South – cupcakes, cheesecakes, etc. – South Main St

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Pj’s Rusted Buffalo – Himalayan salt lamps, have stores in other cities – 2 Northside Square

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PJ’S RUSTED BUFFALO

Gunpowder and Lace – women’s clothing & accessories – 4 Northside Square

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GUNPOWDER & LACE

Antique Show – antiques & collectibles – 4 Southside Square

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ANTIQUE SHOW

Cantaberry Restaurant – specializes in homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches – 51 River St – the soup and sandwich was good

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CANTABERRY RESTAURANT

Moo Bears Ice Cream – 40 River St.

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MOOBEAR’S (RIGHT SIDE OF BLDG)

Burnt Mountain Trading Co. – antiques, collectibles, gifts, art – 56 River St.

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BURNT MOUNTAIN TRADING
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OUTBACK ANTIQUES – BLDG BEHIND BURNT  MOUNTAIN TRADING

1907 Restaurant – features ”new south” cuisine – 24 River St & Kristina Lee’s Boutique – women’s clothing & accessories – 28 River St.

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KRISTINA LEE’S & 1907 RESTAURANT

Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center – 696 1st Ave.

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WELCOME CENTER

Engelheim Vineyards – Engelheim (German for “Angel Home”) The Engel family purchased the property in 2007 and planted the grape vines in 2009. 127 Lakeview Rd. Ellijay

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ENGELHEIM VINEYARDS

Ellijay River Vineyards – established in 2010, sits on the Ellijay River.  Sat & Sun opens at 1:00 – 111 River Birch Ln. Ellijay

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ELLIJAY RIVER VINEYARDS

 

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VETERANS MEMORIAL AT  VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
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VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE

Build an Ark Animal Rescue – for a small fee the animals can be fed & petted.   27 Eagle Mountain Dr.

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Panorama Orchards – established 1920s, they have baked goods, jams & jellies, salsa, apples & peaches (in season) 67 Talona Spur

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