Explore Ellijay in Gilmer County where the magic of our environment will entrance you, the warmth of our people will captivate you and the past meets the present in perfect harmony. Gilmer County is known for many things: beautiful, lushly forested mountains; crisp, fresh apples; meadows blanketed in wildflowers; incredible outdoor opportunities on land and on water; a serene way of life; and communities that welcome newcomers and visitors with open arms. Come?experience the magic of Gilmer County. Incorporated on December 20, 1834, Ellijay is the county seat of Gilmer County. Ellijay was the site of an Indian village and bears an Indian name meaning "earth green there." Cherokee Indians lived in this area until their removal in 1838 to Oklahoma. The Ellijay and Cartecay Rivers join together within the city limits to form the Coosawattee River. Nicknamed "Georgia's Apple Capital", Ellijay hosts the annual Georgia Apple Festival held in October. Apple Orchard Alley features many of the county's apple orchards along the valley. The majority of the buildings in the downtown district are one and two story brick structures from the mid-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century. According to 2000 Census, the City of Ellijay had a population of 1,584 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 33.8%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.