Pickens County Courthouse, Jasper, Georgia
Location in Pickens County and the state of Georgia
Jasper was founded in 1853 as seat of the newly formed Pickens County. It was incorporated in 1857 as a town and in 1957 as a city. The community is named for William Jasper, a hero of the American Revolutionary War
Nicknamed "The First Mountain City," Jasper is located 50 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia. Several local attractions draw the interest of sightseers annually. The Tate House which was built by local marble baron Sam Tate in the 1920s, and sits adjacent to the current Tate Elementary. The Tate House and Tate Elementary are actually located in unincorporated Tate, GA which is located just south of Jasper, GA. Standing on an old Cherokee place of worship, the historic Woodbridge Inn is famous for its menu options and its lodging. Jasper is located near several large acreage mountain neighborhoods such as Big Canoe , Bent Tree, and the Preserve at Sharp Mountain
The Pickens County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of four elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. The district has 248 full-time teachers and over 4,060 students.
54% of the graduating class went to a four-year institution.
The Georgia Marble Festival is held on the first weekend in October every year. It is sponsored by the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce. The festivities start with the Marble Festival Road Race. The festival is held at Lee Newton park. There are several booths with vendors from across the North Georgia area. They sell handmade crafts among other things. One of the highlights is the art show. Several of the exhibits are carved marble, but there are also many paintings, photographs, and pottery. The weekends following the festival is when the Apple Festival in Ellijay, Georgia in Gilmer County is held. It has many of the same type of events.