City of Ellijay
|Incorporated||December 20, 1834|
|Address||197 N. Main Street
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
Incorporated on December 20, 1834, Ellijay is the county seat of Gilmer County. Ellijay was the site of an Indian village and bears an Indian name meaning “earth green there.” Cherokee Indians lived in this area until their removal in 1838 to Oklahoma. The Ellijay and Cartecay Rivers join together within the city limits to form the Coosawattee River.
Nicknamed “Georgia’s Apple Capital”, Ellijay hosts the annual Georgia Apple Festival held in October. Apple Orchard Alley features many of the county’s apple orchards along the valley.
The majority of the buildings in the downtown district are one and two story brick structures from the mid-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century.
According to 2000 Census, the City of Ellijay had a population of 1,584 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 33.8%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.