Toccoa in Stephens County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Kelly Dam Disaster
On the morning of Nov. 6, 1977, the dam holding back the lake above the falls broke. The forty acres of water surged down over the falls, through the park, down the valley through the campus, leaving in its wake 39 dead and 60 injured. All of the dead and injured were connected in some way with Toccoa Falls College. When the tragedy occurred, thousands of people from all over the world rose to the aid of the college and surrounding community. Over three million dollars in public and private gifts and grants, and thousands of hours of volunteer labor made recovery possible.
As is true here in the park, recovery is not complete, but is progressing.
Toccoa Falls College began in 1907 in Golden Valley, North Carolina. In 1911, after purchasing Haddock Inn and 100 acres of property including the 186 foot high Toccoa Falls, Dr. Richard A. Forrest, president and founder, moved the school to the present campus. In 1975, the board of trustees changed the name from Toccoa Falls Institute to Toccoa Falls College.
The college is dedicated to a single purpose, glorifying God through the training of Christian young people to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and his church. For over seventy years, the school has maintained this original goal. In carrying out this purpose, the college has enjoyed a close fellowship with
On day you will walk the trails of the park or along the stream through campus and will find the recovery has been completed. It will be possible because of the assistance given by thousands of private individuals, the United States government, the State of Georgia, and County of Stephens, and the City of Toccoa. Churches, volunteer agencies, schools, and industries and businesses by the literal hundreds have rendered aid. To all these, Toccoa Falls College says, "Thanks."
The college continues and recovery is possible because of a gracious God. This school is "a tree of the planting of the Lord." It has been tried by fire and water but with his help it will continue to have an ever increasing ministry to the world.
Location. 34° 35.733′ N, 83° 21.617′ W. Marker is in Toccoa, Georgia, in Stephens County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toccoa GA 30577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Loving Remembrance (here, next to this marker); Colonel William Wofford (within shouting distance Bandy Cottage Alumni House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gate Cottage (about 600 feet away); The Old Toccoa Falls Power Plant (about 800 feet away); G.I. Hill & The Steel Buildings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Haddock Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Forrest Hall - Ball Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paul & Mary Williams Memorial Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toccoa.
Also see . . .
1. Kelly Barnes Dam. Kelly Barnes Dam was an earthen embankment dam once located in Stephens County, Georgia, just outside of the city of Toccoa. (Submitted on February 20, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Toccoa Falls. The Toccoa Falls waterfall, with a vertical drop of 186 feet, is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in Stephens County, Georgia. (Submitted on February 20, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Toccoa Falls College. Official website. (Submitted on February 20, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Disasters • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.