Wednesday, June, 3rd, 2020


continued, section 5 ~ Photos

Section 4, Timeline   Tragedy Strikes — The Flood of 1977

continued, section 4 ~ Timeline

Plotting The Pathway of Destruction (Map is from Dam Break in Georgia, © 1978, Horizon House Publishers, Camp Hill, PA 17011) Saturday, November 6, 1977 9:00 p.m. — Members of the Toccoa Falls Volunteer Fire Department became concerned about the rising waters of Toccoa Creek. A lot of rain had fallen and the atmosphere of […]

continued, section 3 ~ A Week Later

A Week Later In one week’s time, this relatively small community has recovered, partially at least, from this great tragedy. The stories of help and heroism may never be completely told. The stories of hardship and heartache to many families may continue for years to come. One thing survived the flood and has emerged as […]

continued, section 2 ~ Afterwards

From the time the first alarm went out in the wee hours Sunday morning, calls began going to the Georgia State Patrol headquarters in Toccoa, Stephens County, sheriff’s office, and numerous other agencies. “Please, what can we do to help?” they all asked. (“We Want to Help, ‘Wellwishers Call In.” The Daily News, Athens Georgia. […]

Flood of November 6, 1977

In Darkness and Dawn, The story of God’s faithfulness at Toccoa Falls College In 1919, four years after fire destroyed Haddock Inn and nearly destroyed Toccoa Falls College, famed evangelist and composer Paul Rader penned the words of the well-known hymn, “Only Believe.” As he stood looking over the campus, the faith and courage of […]

First Missionary Tour to French West Africa and Palestine

First Missionary Tour to French West Africa and Palestine

February 8, 1930 — May 29, 1930 Editor’s note: the online diary you have been reading chronicles the Forrests trip into Africa, through the Middle East, and Europe. It is preceded by another journal that until recently was not discovered. When we complete the Palestine entries, we’ll pick up Mrs. Forrest’s diary written in French […]

Earl Hall

The completion of Earl Hall in 1943 was made possible by a substantial gift from the John A. Earl family. This building currently houses the Academic Dean, Registrar, Admissions, the Computer Lab, faculty offices, and classrooms. Earl Hall (now) The Story of Earl Hall “Another imperative necessity mentioned in the News [a quarterly published by […]

Dr. George Shaw

“There will always be an England.” (The following was taken from the book A Tree God Planted by Troy Damron) This slogan may not be accepted as veritable truth by non-Anglophiles, but the British believe it, and to them that is all that really matters. Dr. George Shaw, beloved teacher and dean of Toccoa Falls […]

David Fant

David Fant was the man who told Richard Forrest about the property that was for sale at Toccoa Falls. He was a conductor for Southern Railway’s Southern Crescent Limited line. When the Forrests moved to Atlanta, Georgia, from Florida, they lived with David Fant and his family in a little house on Luckie Street. In […]

Cuban Students

“Early in the 1920’s, Rev. Forrest had a visitor from Cuba, Rev. B.G. Lavistida, who was a Presbyterian Cuban missionary. His wife was from New England, where some time before she had met Rev. Forrest. They wanted their boy to attend school in the states, and Rev. Lavistida had come to Toccoa Falls Institute to […]