Young Harris is a city in Towns County, Georgia. The population was 604 at the 2000 census. Young Harris is home to Young Harris College, after which it was named.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square mile, all land.

Young Harris was originally named “McTyeire”, after Bishop Holland McTyeire. It was later renamed to honor Judge Young L. G. Harris, the benefactor of McTyeire Institute (which was also renamed to Young Harris College).

Former Georgia Governor and U. S. Senator Zell Miller was born in and continues to live in Young Harris. He was mayor of the small town from 1959-1960. Zell played shortstop for the Young Harris Town Team in the 1950s and was a good hitter and base runner.

Here is a little more information about the area from the chamber of commerce website

Towns County, the 117th county formed in Georgia was created in 1856 from parts of Union and Rabun counties. It was named for George Washington Bonaparte Towns, who was the governor of Georgia from 1847 to 1851.

Young Harris was originally named Young Harris College in honor of Judge Young Loftin Gerdine Harris of Athens. It soon shortened to Young Harris, although there is still a Young Harris College located there.

Hiawassee is a Cherokee word meaning “meadow”. Chatuge Lake is located in the northern part of the county and reaches into North Carolina. It is a storage facility for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and is also a public preserve.

To see one of the water quality reports for Young Harris – click here.

 

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