A Place Called Tate

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Tate is a community of homes in the mountains of North Georgia at an elevation 2,000 feet higher than the city of Atlanta and one hour north by car. The property is made up of 2,000 acres, approximately 1,000 of which is undeveloped green space. The conservation-minded community is established as a non-profit and a number of the acres are held in conservation easement. The mountains, hills, meadows, lake, ponds, streams and springs are accessible by footpaths and a couple miles of dirt roads.

Many members of the community are descendants of the original families who bought the property, a failed resort, in the 1930s. Landscape architect Edward Daugherty about Tate recently remarked, “Tate used to be a pocket of development in the wilderness, but now it’s a pocket of wilderness in development.” However, Tate is also near the boundary of the Appalachian Trail and consequently a network of national forests, parks and properties that extends up the East coast to the state of Maine. Therefore, bear, deer, bobcat, turkey and other large species of mammals are relatively common. As a point of interest, all residences at Tate have had bears as their uninvited guests at one time or another. Additionally, Tate is a site where numerous species of native flora may be found.

In earlier times, North Georgia was the home of native Americans known as the Cherokee, and some have referred to this region as the heart of the Cherokee nation. The most frequent reminder of their presence is the discovery of arrowheads that are sometimes found in the vicinity of streams and excavations. Tate is situated in Pickens County, once known as one of the poorest counties in Georgia, but as such, it has escaped some commercial development and remains full of natural beauty in its simplest forms.

~ Leslie Hankey

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