Chestatee, Georgia

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Chestatee is a small unincorporated community in northeastern Forsyth County,[1] Georgia, due west of the confluence of the Chestatee River into the Chattahoochee River. Originally a Cherokee settlement, it was called Atsunsta Ti Yi.

The word "Chestatee" is a Cherokee word meaning roughly "pine torch place" or "place of lights", because they would use bonfires along the riverbanks to light their torches. They would then use these torches for hunting deer and other wild game in the forest.[2] A post office called Chestatee was established in 1880, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1904.[3]

The Vann Ferry, owned by Cherokee Indian Chief Vann, is just east of Chestatee, on the road to Gainesville, Georgia.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chestatee, Georgia
  2. ^ "The Names Stayed". Calhoun Times and Gordon County News. August 29, 1990. p. 64. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Forsyth County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

Coordinates: 34°17′39″N 83°59′59″W / 34.29417°N 83.99972°W / 34.29417; -83.99972