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Law and Order: Purloined Pullets, Chicken Coops and Pest Houses

An editorial in the Clayton Tribune once declared, “Robberies, fights, shootings, knifings, street scuffles. They are all part of the contemporary history of Rabun County and Clayton.” It sounded like this was a pretty rough and lawless place. While some serious crimes were committed, there is a lighter side to some of the criminal activity

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Over 100 Years of Rabun County Singing Conventions: Seven-Shape Notation, 100-Foot-Long Dinner Tables, and a Courthouse That Talked

Singing conventions with large, enthusiastic crowds were Rabun County’s rock concerts back in the day. Think hymnals instead of the Rolling Stones In reporting on the three-day Rabun County Singing Convention in 1931, the Clayton Tribune wrote, “The attendance on Friday was rather small but on Saturday the crowd had grown almost to the capacity

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Farming in Rabun County: Maize, Subsistence Farms and Moonshine

The earliest white settlers, Scots-Irish from Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina, arrived in northeast Georgia in the late eighteenth century. They farmed the land to survive, but those settlers were not the first to raise crops in the fertile valleys and river bottomlands of what would become Rabun County. Already living in the north Georgia

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When Convicted Murderers Were Hung in Rabun County

 One said he could hear a rattling noise in his head. The other claimed he killed in self-defense.  These two men were the only convicted murderers ever hung in Rabun County.  Both hangings took place in Clayton more than a century ago. The first was held in the privacy of the jail. The second was

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