Stephens

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In election off years The Democratic Party in Stephens County does not carry out a regular program of meetings and activities. However they comprise a constant presence in Stephens County  of Democrats  holding Democratic values and principles.

Chair: Chris Irivin
Meetings: Irregular at Shirley’s Solé Food Café.
Email: christopherjamesirvin@gmail.com

Stephens 2016 Vote:  http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/Stephens/64119/183484/en/summary.html

Demographics: “As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 26,175 people, 10,289 households, and 7,236 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 146.1 inhabitants per square mile (56.4/km2). There were 12,662 housing units at an average density of 70.7 per square mile (27.3/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 85.1% white, 10.9% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 14.7% were American, 9.1% were Irish, 8.1% were German, and 7.4% were English —— The median income for a household in the county was $34,938 and the median income for a family was $41,768.”  Wikipedia – More

History:  “Stephens County, located in the northeast Georgia foothills, is known for its scenic beauty.

Originally inhabited by Mississippian Indians known as “Mound Builders” and then by Cherokees, the first non-Indians in the area were Revolutionary War (1775-83) veterans who settled there just after that war. On August 18, 1905, the state legislature established the 179-square-mile Stephens County, Georgia’s 143rd, from parts of Franklin and Habersham counties. It is named for the statesman Alexander Stephens, who served in the state legislature and the U.S. Congress, as vice president of the Confederacy, and as the state’s governor in the two years preceding his death.”

Toccoa is the county seat. It benefitted from its position on the railroad from Civil War days.  In later years it became known  as the “Furniture, Thread, and Steel City” for the industries that grew up there.

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Traveler’s Rest

The natural beauty of the county’s mountains, woodlands streams and lakes attracts those seeking opportunities for outdoor recreation. The county is also s known for its historic sites. One of the oldest of these is  Traveler’s Rest, a two-story building constructed before 1825 near Lake Hartwell, was used as a tavern, trading post, post office, and inn in the mid-1800s. Today the Georgia Historical Commission owns Traveler’s Rest and operates it as a historic site. — Cooksey, Elizabeth B. “Stephens County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 08 December 2016. Web. 27 May 2017.