A Probable Young Volcano in Rabun County, Georgia
I am continuing to explore the terrain around the Soque and Itza Provinces in northern Habersham County and Rabun County. The Itza towns were concentrated in the Dillard Valley, which at the time of the De Soto Expedition was a shallow lake. This valley is the source of the Little Tennessee River. The Itza towns were labeled as Echete by Colonel John Barnwell in his map of the Lower Southeast. Most moved to the Macon Area after the Creek-Cherokee War broke out. By the time that British traders started visiting the region, it was a narrow swamp. The swamp was drained by early white settlers, so the valley has some of the richest agricultural soil in the Southeast. Note that a volcanic cone, sits atop a much, much older segment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. To the southwest of this peak is a Chimney Mountain, which periodically exhaled smoke until the late 1800s. Some locals around Batesville told me that they have seen steam coming out of Chimney Mountain recently, but this can not be confirmed.
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