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Ellijay is a city in Gilmer County, Georgia, United States. The population was 1,619 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Gilmer County.The city holds an annual Apple Festival in October, and Gilmer County is known as the 'Apple Capital of Georgia'.Former President Jimmy Carter has a second log cabin home in Ellijay.HistoryEllijay is the anglicized form of the Cherokee name Elatseyi, meaning "new ground". Other sources say it means "green place".Gilmer County was cut from Cherokee County in 1832, and Ellijay became the county seat in 1834. Ellijay existed as a remote mountain community until the Marietta and Northern Georgia Railroad (later the L & N) arrived in 1884. This prompted something of a boom in the timber industry, but the area remained relatively isolated until the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway (Georgia 515; named for Georgia governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller) was completed in 1991.GeographyEllijay is located at 34°41'41" North, 84°29'1" West . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 km² . 6.9 km² of it is land and none of it is covered by water.Ellijay lies where two rivers, the Ellijay and the Cartecay, come together to form the Coosawattee River.
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