The Story of HELEN and Thereabouts

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Helen, Georgia visitors, after wandering among the Bavarian buildings and perhaps enjoying the revelry of Oktoberfest, naturally ask how Helen became "Georgia's Alpine Village". There's a tale behind the architecture, of course, and it is recounted here. And from even earlier times, little remains in modern Helen to suggest that Main Street follows the route of an ancient Indian trading path, that pioneers once labored here to claim fields from a mountain wilderness, or that the shrieking whistles of trains and the belching smokestacks of a huge sawmill shaped valley life in an age of steam. Although the great Georgia Gold Rush overturned the valley floors and left scars on the surrounding hillsides, it's not generally recognized that the Helen area saw as much prospecting and speculation as any other part of the Georgia gold region. Together, these events are The Story of Helen. With over 90 pictures and illustrations, the book is also a guide to numerous shopping, natural, and historical attractions in the area, including Nacoochee Valley, Unicoi State Park, the Appalachian Trail, and Anna Ruby Falls.

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My family came to Helen in the 1930s to mine gold, long before the road was paved and Helen became a popular resort town. Like most miners, they found little gold, but the family has been there ever since. As one long-time resident recently said of Helen, "you know, this has been an interesting place!". It has been, and I've tried to provide an inside look at some of the color and history which make the place special.

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