Batesville is a mountain community situated at the intersection of modern GeorgiaState Route 197 and 255 in the Northeast Georgia mountains of Habersham County. Located at an elevation of 1706 feet above mean sea level, the climate in Batesville is pleasant in summer with occasional snow in the winter. Owing to the wide disparity of winter weather conditions in Habersham County, many public school students have a special affinity in their hearts for the tiny community. Often winter weather that makes Batesville's roads hazardous due to ice and snow delivers a sunny day's respite to students in the much milder southern portions of the county due to the county's single unified school district. A celebration of the local community's heritage and history is held in October of each year. The festivities center around the Sunburst Stables and feature local artisan's wares, historical re-enactments of pioneer mountain living, and folk culture. The settlement was originally named for the Soque River that runs near town, and is home to the internationally known "Mark of the Potter" craft shop housed in an old gristmill on the river. The historic Batesville General Store serves the community as a hub of commercial activity as well as a favorite place to grab a bite while traveling the surrounding picturesque mountains.