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The Best Things To Do In Clayton, Georgia

When Dave Ranney left behind the advertising grind and hectic Atlanta life, he headed to Clayton in North Georgia. Ranney grew up visiting Clayton, surrounded by mountains and woodland, but around 2021 found himself thinking, “Well, hold on a second. I could just live here,” he recalls. Clayton’s beauty, as well as the beauty of the surrounding Rabun county, is what first attracted him, but it was the community that convinced him to stay. “I found so many amazing, creative, interesting people,” says Ranney, who opened his store, Ghost Apothecary in 2022.

Clayton, founded in 1821, was originally named Claytonsville after congressman Augustin S. Clayton, according to the Rabun County Historical Society. The town wasn’t much to speak of until the Tallulah Falls Railroad arrived in 1904.

Today, the mountain town is a far cry from its “ramshackle” beginnings. “The beauty of Rabun County is obviously one of the main reasons why people come up here,” says Ranney. Read more…

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