• Ellijay captured with the lights coming on at dusk with a backdrop of mist in the mountains. (Rick Lucas Photography)
    Ellijay captured with the lights coming on at dusk with a backdrop of mist in the mountains. (Rick Lucas Photography)

The powerful lesson America could learn from this tiny town of 1,600 — Ellijay, Ga.

Kindness towards neighbors is the norm in Ellijay, Georgia; It’s their kindness towards newcomers that sets them apart.

 

(Ed. note: Ellijay was selected as one of Reader’s Digest’s ‘Nicest Places in America.’)

 

On a cold January morning nine years ago, Steve Cortes and his wife were traveling in Ellijay, a tiny town of 1,600 nestled in Georgia’s Smokey Mountains. It was just about time for breakfast as they stumbled upon the Cornerstone Café, only to find it jam-packed. Just as they prepared to go elsewhere, one of the diners motioned them over. 

“We can make room,” he said. In fact, several diners scooched over until there was enough space for the couple to pull up two chairs at the end of a table. Breakfast, and camaraderie, was served.

“After an hour, 

(To read the remainder of this article, click on this link will that will take you to the Reader’s Digest online story: https://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/ellijay-georgia-nicest-places/)

Times Courier

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1076
Ellijay, GA. 30540

Phone: 706-635-4313
Fax: 706-635-7006