City of Alapaha

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Originally known as “town of McMillan,” but commonly referred to as “Alapaha station,” Alapaha got started around 1870 and incorporated in 1881. The railroad was instrumental in the development of the Alapaha community, and Alapaha was chief among the market towns on the Brunswick and Albany rail line until about 1890.  The railroad depot was the center of commerical activity for many years exporting turpentine, lumber, wool, cotton, and vegetables.  Merchants also imported their goods through the railroad system.  The Alapaha depot was constructed in 1889 and today serves as a reminder of Alapaha's rich history.

Alapaha is a Cherokee name which means “smiling sunshine” or “laughing waters.”  The area was a Cherokee village as late as the 1780’s.