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.
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)
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.
New Ground Market – local food & specialty items – 118 N. Main St
Cartecay Bike Shop – besides bikes, the shop offers bike trips based on experience. – 123 N Main St & Martyn House Coffee – 131 N Main St
Main Street Antiques – 66 N. Main St
Cartecay River Trading Company – 58 N Main St
Whistle Tree Pottery – 10 N Main & Mountain Treasures – antiques & vintage – 14 N Main St
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company – 65 varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegars – South Main St.
Sweet Shop of the South – cupcakes, cheesecakes, etc. – South Main St
Pj’s Rusted Buffalo – Himalayan salt lamps, have stores in other cities – 2 Northside Square
Gunpowder and Lace – women’s clothing & accessories – 4 Northside Square
Antique Show – antiques & collectibles – 4 Southside Square
Cantaberry Restaurant – specializes in homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches – 51 River St – the soup and sandwich was good
Moo Bears Ice Cream – 40 River St.
Burnt Mountain Trading Co. – antiques, collectibles, gifts, art – 56 River St.
1907 Restaurant – features ”new south” cuisine – 24 River St & Kristina Lee’s Boutique – women’s clothing & accessories – 28 River St.
Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center – 696 1st Ave.
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
Ellijay River Vineyards – established in 2010, sits on the Ellijay River. Sat & Sun opens at 1:00 – 111 River Birch Ln. Ellijay
Build an Ark Animal Rescue – for a small fee the animals can be fed & petted. 27 Eagle Mountain Dr.
Panorama Orchards – established 1920s, they have baked goods, jams & jellies, salsa, apples & peaches (in season) 67 Talona Spur