Hall County Georgia is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 429.19 square miles, of which 35.53 square miles is water. Early settlers were mainly Scots-Irish, English, and Germans arriving from from the Carolinas and Virginia.
The railroad arrived 1871, which lead to the establishment of a thriving textile industry. Three large mills dominated between the 1920s and midcentury.
The Chattahoochee River was dammed in the 1950s, flooding 38,000 acres, creating what is now Lake Lanier, attracting 10 million visitors every year. Gathering strength in Hall County, the Chattahoochee River was immortalized in Sidney Lanier’s poem, “Song of the Chattahoochee”:
OUT of the hills of Habersham,
Down the valleys of Hall,
I hurry amain to reach the plain,
Run the rapid and leap the fall,
Split at the rock and together again,
At the 2000 census, there were 139,277 people, 80,381 households and 80,009 families residing in the county. The public schools are run by Hall County Schools