Dillard, Annie, 1945-, American writer, b. Pittsburgh, Pa., as Meta Ann Doak, grad. Hollins College (B.A., 1967; M.A., 1968). She has taught writing at Western Washington Univ. and Wesleyan Univ. The work that brought her literary acclaim, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974, Pulitzer Prize), is a collection of narrative essays reminiscent of Thoreau that mingles evocative descriptions of Virginia's Blue Ridge landscape and its resident creatures with a gentle mysticism. Her other essay collections include Holy the Firm (1978) and Teaching a Stone to Talk (1982). Dillard has also written several books that explore the nature of writing and writers, Living By Fiction (1982), Encounters with Chinese Writers (1984), and The Writing Life (1989). The precision of diction, love of the natural world, and taste for the transcendent that characterize her essays also mark her novels: The Living (1992), an epic of Native Americans, settlers, and immigrants in the late 19th-century Pacific Northwest, and The Maytrees (2007), a story of an artist couple on mid-20th-century Cape Cod. Dillard's two volumes of poetry are Tickets for a Prayer Wheel (1974) and Mornings like This: Found Poems (1995).

See her memoir, An American Childhood (1987); The Annie Dillard Reader (1994); studies by L. L. Smith (1991), S. H. Johnson (1992), and N. C. Parrish (1998).

Dillard, James Hardy, 1856-1940, American educator, b. Nansemond co., Va., grad. Washington and Lee Univ., 1876. Professor (1891-1907) of Latin at Tulane, where he was also dean (1904-7) of the academic colleges, Dillard resigned to act as president (1907-31) of the Jeanes Foundation for black rural schools. He was director (1910-17) and president (1917-31) of the John F. Slater Fund. He contributed much to the improvement of African-American education and interracial relations.

See B. G. Brawley, Dr. Dillard of the Jeanes Fund (1930, repr. 1971).

Dillard is a city in Rabun County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 198.


Dillard is located at (34.974716, -83.384009).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land.


John Dillard settled in the area around what is now Dillard with his son, James Dillard, about 1823. James took title to of land by purchasing the lottery rights of land holders in Rabun County. John Dillard served as a lieutenant in the Virginia Militia in the American Revolution where he was in the Battle of Guilford Court House and other battles. Both James and John were residents of Buncombe County, North Carolina prior to their settlement on lands now comprising Dillard, Georgia.

The small town is now known primarily for the Dillard House, a regionally well-known inn, restaurant and conference center that serves traditional southern fare. John M. Dillard of Greenville, South Carolina has extensively documented the history of John Dillard and his descendants.


As of the census of 2000, there were 198 people, 88 households, and 55 families residing in the city. The population density was 127.9 people per square mile (49.3/km²). There were 115 housing units at an average density of 74.3/sq mi (28.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.94% White, 0.51% Native American, 5.56% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.63% of the population.

There were 88 households out of which 19.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 19.7% from 25 to 44, 33.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $44,167. Males had a median income of $33,958 versus $31,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,951. About 9.1% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 19.4% of those sixty five or over.


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