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Towns County Historical Markers

Brasstown Bald


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Brasstown Bald
  • Location: Ga. 17 /Ga. 75 at the intersection of Ga. 180, 9 miles south of Hiawassee, Ga.

BRASSTOWN BALD 6 Mi.

The high, rounded peak, Brasstown Bald or Mt. Enotah, is the highest mountain in Georgia, 4,748 ft. Its Indian name, Itseyi, means “a place of fresh green,” referring to its grassy, instead of timbered, summit. Early white settlers mistook the Indian name for a similar one meaning brass. According to Cherokee legend, there was once a great flood and all men died except a few Cherokee families who landed on top of Brasstown Bald in a giant canoe. The Great Spirit killed all the trees on top of the mountain so the survivors could plant crops and live until the floods subsided.

139-4 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956