George Walton Williams grew up in Nacoochee Valley in White County and became a successful banker and merchant, living most of his life in the 1800s. He was a native of North Carolina, but besides Nacoochee Valley, he also lived for a time in Athens, Augusta and Charleston, S.C.
Seeds for a "free" public school system for Gainesville were sown as far back as the 1870s, but two decades of debate followed, and in the end citizens were faced with a choice between providing education or sewers.
One of the largest crowds ever at a political event was supposed to gather in Gainesville in April 1912. Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey was campaigning for president and scheduled a stop in Gainesville. He was to be escorted from the depot and make an address in the public square.
Practically every community, small and large, has those "hangouts," places where people gather to discuss politics, sports or just gossip. They are usually must-stops for candidates trolling for votes.
The main reason prolific preacher and church planter Dave McCurry came to North Georgia from North Carolina after four of his children had died was to be near his sister, Becky Goswick, who was a celebrated character in her own right.