Total Solar Eclipse Celebration in Rabun County, Georgia

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 2:30pm

Total Solar Eclipse Celebration in Rabun County, Georgia

A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth.  The moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet.  If you’re in the dark part of that shadow (the umbra), you’ll see a total eclipse.  If you’re in the light part (the penumbra), you’ll see a partial eclipse.

Why is this event special? This is the first total solar eclipse of the sun in the continental U.S. in 38 years.  And, not since 1918 has there been a U.S. coast to coast path for a total solar eclipse. On August 21, 2017 a total eclipse will shadow a 65-mile-wide path through 14 states, beginning in Oregon and exiting the South Carolina coast.  It is estimated that, weather permitting, 500 million people will stand in the moon’s shadow on that day.  The entire event will touch the U.S. for only 1 hour, 33 minutes and 16.8 seconds – less time than a business lunch!

The path will arch over Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse with the Moon covering about 4 percent of the Sun’s surface.   For Georgians, the only place to see the total eclipse in their state is the very northeast corner of Georgia.  The centerline path of the eclipse just barely touches the state in Rabun and Stephens counties.  Clayton, Rabun Gap, and Dillard in Rabun County are located in the centerline of the path of totality.  Totality will occur there at 2:35:45 PM and last for 2 minutes, 34 seconds.  The entire event will take place over a couple of hours and viewers will have to wear protective eyeware.  Only those in the path of totality can take their glasses off during the couple of minutes of totality.

Eclipse events draw scientists, astronomers, media and thousands of eclipse-chasers from all over the world.  Forecasters predict this will be the most viewed eclipse ever, due in part to our expansive highway systems making the event accessible to millions.

Here is what Eclipse has to say about the schedule:

“People from all over the world begin to converge on the United States. Except for people returning home, visiting family, or conducting business at what happens to be just exactly the right time in history, these will be people who make it a point to travel to wherever the moon’s shadow is going to touch the earth, and position themselves in a spot carefully chosen – sometimes years in advance – to ensure they see the sight.

These people are coming to America, because for the first time in 26 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in our great country, and we will play host to the world’s eclipse-chasers. For those of us who already live here, but have never seen an eclipse, this is the opportunity of a lifetime – to see the most beautiful thing on the planet, and maybe not even have to get on an airplane to get to it!”

Make your plans now to be here in Rabun County for our Total Solar Eclipse county wide party.  Continue to check often this page as new events, Eclipse lodging packages, and special deals will be added daily.  We can’t wait to have you join us for an event celebration of a lifetime.  

For more information on all the festivities happening here in Rabun County please email Teka Earnhardt at or call 706-212-0241.