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Elbert County History

Elbert County was established in 1790 when it was divided from Wilkes County. Today, the county is known for various attractions including granite monuments and colonial homes. Elbert County is also home to the Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course, Richard B. Russell and Clark’s Hill lakes, and, of course, the 20,000+ seat Granite Bowl, home of the Elbert County Blue Devils. As the industrial center of Northeast Georgia, Elbert County is a prosperous, growing community boasting an economy as solid as they come. The area’s granite monument production accounts for one-third of total production nationwide.

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location of Elbert county on a mapUpcoming events for Elbert County, Elberton and Bowman as presented through the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce


Population: 19,599 (2013); County seat: Elberton; Area: 374 mi² – Courtesy: World Atlas

More Things to Do and Places to Go-City of Elberton
Elbert Theatre-Theatrical Performances, Concerts First-run Movies

Fabulous shows, concerts and first-run movies. 706-283-1049


358 seats on the main floor; 40 in the balcony, the Elbert Theatre is a fully renovated, art deco style performing arts facility… ElbertTheatre

The Elbert Theatre opened on February 23, 1940, as the most advanced movie theatre in Northeast Georgia. Built by Lucas and Jenkins, the original theatre featured the best in modern conveniences for its time. For nearly 30 years, the theater served as Elberton’s gateway to the world of motion pictures, a regular entertainment spot for local residents. Fire destroyed the roof of the theatre on August 8, 1950. Within 16 weeks, local volunteers managed to rebuild the roof and clean up the theatre.In 1967, the theatre was leased by Elbert County Youth, Inc. and was transformed into the TAHO Club, a local teen center. In 1989, the City of Elberton purchased the building. By 1997, city leaders and residents realized that the time had come to renovate the facility and make it a functional element of the community. After four years of fund raising and renovations, the Elbert Theatre reopened for use as a performing arts facility in 2001. Since its grand re-opening, it has been the home of local theatrical performances and concerts. -georgia.org-

Granite Museum & Exhibit

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Monday: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Tuesday: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Wednesday: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Friday: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Saturday: 2:00PM – 5:00PM

Admission Fee

1 Granite Plaza, Elberton, GA 30635

Free Parking, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

Features exciting historical exhibits, artifacts and educational displays. Three tiers of self-guided exhibits allow visitors to see unique granite products as well as antique granite working tools used in the quarrying, sawing, polishing, cutting and sandblasting of granite cemetery memorials.

Among the unique granite creations and artifacts found in the museum is the Confederate statue called “Dutchy.” This, the first statue crafted of Elberton Granite, did not please local Confederate veterans who “lynched” him in 1900. He was toppled and buried on Elberton’s Sutton Square. Records pointed to his location on the Square, and in 1982 he was carefully exhumed, and now occupies a place of honor in the Granite Museum. –Georgia Tourism & Travel

Kayaking & Zip Lines-City of Bowman










The SandBar

Kayaking, Zip Line Canopy Tours, Riverside Cabins, and Camping

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20 minutes from Athens
One and a half hours from Atlanta

Forty-five minutes from Anderson
One hour from Greenville
Forty-five minutes from Gainesville

Georgia Guidestones - Elbert County


One of the most intriguing granite monuments ever erected stands in Elbert County, near the South Carolina border. The Georgia Guidestones dominate the highest elevation in the county, which is located in the northeastern Piedmont section of the state. Known to some as the American Stonehenge because of their striking resemblance to England’s famous monument, the Georgia Guidestones were unveiled on March 22, 1980. –Georgia Encyclopedia


County & State Parks: Bobby Brown Park, Richard B. Russell Park, Elbert County Memorial Park

Bobby Brown Park

Owned and Managed by: Elbert County Parks & Recreation
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Sunday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Monday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Tuesday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Wednesday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Thursday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Friday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Saturday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM

Annual Pass: $30

Parking Pass Fee: $3

Nature Trails, Boat Launch, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

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Richard B. Russell State Park


Sunday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Monday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Tuesday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Wednesday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Thursday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Friday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM
Saturday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM

Daily Park Pass: $5.00

Golf on Site , Nature Trails, Lodging On Site, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours, 30 Amp Elec Hookup, Cabin / Cottage Rentals, Number of Sites, Pull-thru Sites, RVs Permitted, Tenters Welcome

Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Open Year ‘Round

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Military Memorial Parks

Elbert County Memorial Park, Elberton, GA

findaMarker Inscription

On April 4, 1923 Ora Eugene Tate, Sr. deeded this 1.8 acre tract of land to the ladies of the Service Star Legion of Elbert County. The deed stipulated that the parcel of land must be perpetually used and maintained as a memorial park. The further consideration of his donation was the desire to honor the memory of his son, Lieut. Edmund Brewer Tate, III, killed in action in the Argonne forest battle near St. Juvin, France on Oct, 12, 1918 and his other sons Jean H.Tate and Ora E.Tate, Jr. who served in WWI together with all their comrades from Elbert County. He dedicated the land as a memorial to them and their services for their country and the world, From 1923-1984 the Service Star Legion Park was managed by the patriotic ladies of the S.S. Legion. Early development of the park included a large landscaped raised star in the center with five walkways to


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each point, a tall flagpole placed in the center of the landscaped star, a planted magnolia tree honoring U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, and live oak trees placed around the perimeter honoring the soldiers of WWI. The ladies erected the first WWI memorial on Nov, 11, 1938. On April 18, 1984 the park was donated and deeded to Elbert Country, Georgia and renamed “Elbert County Memorial Park,” It is managed by a board of trustees.

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Golf-Arrowhead Pointe at Lake Richard B. Russell










2790 Olympic Rowing Drive,
Elberton, GA 30635

Phone: (706) 283-6000
Fax: (706) 283-5700
Email: Barrett.johnston@dnr.ga.gov

Arrowhead Pointe Website

Arrowhead Pointe most scenic of six Georgia state park courses

The course is part of the Richard B. Russell State Park, about eight miles outside of Elberton and 50 miles east of Athens. It is not the most challenging of the state park courses, but it is overwhelmingly the most scenic.

The park and the course are situated on a peninsula that juts out into 26,500-acre Lake Russell, and architect Bob Walker has made full use of the water. Ten of the 18 holes have lake views,and the back nine in particular is about as close as you can come to a naturally pristine experience and still be on a golf course.

“We started with probably one of the best pieces of ground that I have ever worked on, in 32 years of work,” Walker told TravelGolf. “I just couldn’t have found a better site, honestly. (The state) pretty much gave me free reign. They said, ‘Here’s 400 acres, put the golf course wherever you need to.'”

Walker walked out to the peninsula point, where he envisioned holes 14, 15 and 16. The problem was, if he wanted to build the course there, the state would have to do an archaeological study to ensure there were no Indian artifacts.

Walker insisted, and though it took an additional eight months and $40,000, it was worth the time and money.

“That, really, is the most dramatic area of the whole golf course,” he said. “That’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to build three holes like that, particularly on a lake like Richard Russell. If it was a developer project, he’d put condominiums out there on the point.”

Not only are there no condominiums on the point, there are no structures of any kind on the lake. Nor are there roads of any consequence nearby. The scenery is so peaceful and quiet, you may be tempted to stop playing and just drink in the surroundings.

“It was quite a revelation when I first walked the ground,” Walker said. “I was just stunned by it. I walked out there about 6:30 in the morning, and I have never experienced such silence. I could literally hear two men sitting and talking in a boat about a mile and a half away.”

The difficulty in such an off-the-beaten-track will be getting the word out.

“This is the first time I’ve been out here. Oh yeah, it’s beautiful,” said John Simpson, of South Carolina. “We’ll be back.”

The verdict

The scenery is unquestioned, so luckily the course gives you a chance to enjoy it. While not overly easy, it doesn’t penalize the golfer there to enjoy a view with his round.

“Hopefully they can keep their head down long enough to complete the golf shot,” Walker said.

Walker said he had the average state park visitor and golfer in mind when he laid out the course.

“My philosophy there was to provide a variety of options to the golfer on every hole,” he said. “I tried to design the course in a way that they could take chances and be rewarded with pars and birdies if they were successful, but not to penalize the average golfer with strong carries.

“We know there will be a lot of high handicappers and juniors and women playing the course, so each hole has a safe route as well as a challenging route. That was the theme throughout. You see some fairway bunkers located in such a manner to entice the heroic shot but, nevertheless, the golfer who fares best may be the one who plays those holes cautiously.”

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Elbert County is located on 374 square miles of rolling hills, and lies on the South Carolina border. As of 2012, Elbert County has a population of 20,500.The County is bound on three sides by five different counties: Hart, Lincoln, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Wilkes.

The “Rock Gym,” located in Elberton, is currently being restored. The Rock Gym was built in 1941 and was used as an armory. In 2003 the gym was slated to be demolished, however, after much opposition from citizens, the gym was saved and eventually put on the National Register for Historic Places.

  • Owner Occupied Rate 69.98%
  • Urban Population 95%
  • Cost of Living Index 79.8%

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Frequently Asked Questions

This section should answer some of the questions most frequently asked by visitors, residents and businesses, through contact forms, emails, etc. Otherwise, check out our How Do I section.

We want to offer citizens and businesses the chance to find information, quickly. We know how busy you are.

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Who is my Commissioner?

Elbert County, Georgia is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners, headed by a Commission Chairman.

Each commissioner is elected to serve a four-year term, overseeing their own district: find your Commissioner

What are my current tax rates?


Sales & Use Tax

  • State of Georgia 4%
  • Elbert County Local Option (1% Local, 1% Special, 1% Education) 3%

Real Estate Tax/ Millage Rates

Incorporated: 11.976

Unincorporated: 11.976

  • School General 16.942
  • Elbert County Hospital 2.50

= Total Millage: 31.418


Local Income Tax

  • Cities 0%
  • County 0%
What is a Millage Rate?
From the Tax Commissioner:  The tax rate, or millage rate, is set annually by the Elbert County Commissioners and the Elbert County Board of Education. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value. Each governing authority estimates their total revenue from other sources. This figure is subtracted from their overall budgetary needs, and then a millage rate is set that will generate the necessary revenues to fulfill budgetary requirements.


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