Nelson is a city in Pickens and Cherokee counties in Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 1,314. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The city is named for John Nelson, an early landowner, farmer, and rifle maker.

A railroad line built in 1883 from Atlanta, through the valleys and mountain passes of Cherokee County to Nelson and Tate, made possible the development of large marble quarries. One of the largest marble veins in the world is in Pickens County, running at least 4 miles long. It is a half-mile deep and almost that wide in places. Over 60 percent of the monuments in Washington, D.C. are made from Pickens County marble.

The Marble Museum is located in the Nelson City Hall and features a year-round exhibit that includes “examples of fine marble and shows the history of marble mining in Pickens County”. Many stone cutters and other workers who migrated from either Italy or Scotland in the early years of the industry settled in Nelson to work in the area’s marble industry. Today the Georgia Northeastern Railroad operates between Tate, Georgia, and the CSX interchange at Elizabeth (Marietta) five days a week. The Georgia Marble rail lines at Tate and Marble Hill, and the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad at Blue Ridge, Georgia are also operated by GNRR. Their website also states the “GNRR runs through a Georgia Marble facility that no is no longer served by rail” at Nelson.

On April 1, 2013, the city council voted unanimously to approve the “Family Protection Ordinance”. Every head of household must own a gun and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.” No one is required to buy one if they don’t have one and the ordinance doesn’t penalize anyone who does not comply. Convicted felons are exempt.

Nelson is located on the border of Pickens and Cherokee counties. The original city center is located in Pickens County, but the city limits have recently expanded southward so that more of the city is now located in Cherokee County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles, of which 0.008 square miles, or 0.56%, is water.

Nelson is served through its downtown by the Georgia Northeastern Railroad, and by Canton Road, the town’s main street and the former route of Georgia State Route 5. South on old 5 is Ball Ground, and north is Tate. The north end of Interstate 575 and south end of State Route 515 is at the county line just to the west of Nelson. I-575 leads south 52 miles to Atlanta, and SR 515 leads north 26 miles to Ellijay.

 

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