Cleveland was founded in 1857 as the seat of newly formed White County. It was incorporated as a town in 1870 and as a city in 1949. It was named for General Benjamin Cleveland, a War of 1812 figure and grandson of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, a Revolutionary War figure
Cleveland became the center for much of the county’s business activity. Cleveland is the home of Babyland General Hospital, the “birthplace” of the Cabbage Patch Kids that became a phenomenon during the 1980s and for most, still is today.
Known as the “Gateway to the Mountains” Cleveland has one of the most recognized mountains in North Georgia, Mt. Yonah. Visitors often come to White Country to make their rounds in Cleveland and then head north to the bustling town of Helen, known for its German heritage, river rafting, and shopping.
Real estate consists of beautiful farmland, downtown properties where renovation and new construction are currently popular and varieties of styles and architecture making it one of the best places to bring the family to small-town living and back to a slower pace and connection to roots of the land.