Toccoa in Stephens County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Elementary School
After Haddock Inn was destroyed by fire, one of the first structures constructed was a building the Forrests called "The Board shack." In Achieving The Impossible with God, Dr. Forrest said, "It was an old shack - a shanty-like structure with boards up and down, battens over the cracks, no lining at all, and a great big wood stove for heat." At first, it served as the living quarters for the Forrests and some of the women students.
By 1914, Mrs. Forrest, had noted the lack of educational opportunities for the children in the Toccoa Falls community. Though there had been a very primitive "school house" called Soapstone School located about a mile northeast of campus, it had closed due to the lack of teachers. Mrs. Forrest became determined to start a school, and by 1915, she had achieved her goal. She taught classes at the elementary school as well as at the college. She was joined by Alice Larson, who later became the school's principal. (She is pictured on the left with a group of elementary students.)
Years later the county assumed responsibility for the elementary school and moved it into a white-framed structure where the present building now stands. This wooden building was eventually replaced by a brick structure and became a county elementary school. In 1983, the Stephens County Board of
This historical marker is placed in honor of the Centennial Celebration 1907-2007. donated in memory of Mae Acree Wheeler by family and community friends.
Erected 2007 by Mae Acree Wheeler Family and Community Friends.
Location. 34° 35.65′ N, 83° 21.167′ W. Marker is in Toccoa, Georgia, in Stephens County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Toccoa Falls Lane and Guy Wilson Road on Old Toccoa Falls Lane. 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. Thomas H. White Photo Lab (here, next to this marker); Toccoa Falls College World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ralls Dormitory & Broom Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Earl Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); LeTourneau Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); The Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tents (approx. 0.3 miles away); Administration Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woerner World Missions Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dining Hall & Chapel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toccoa.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 23, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.