Sunday, July, 5th, 2020


Campus Buildings

Administrative Building — This photo was taken before the building was painted probably in the 40’s or 50’s. The concrete blocks used in its construction were made on campus by the students, and all lumber used in its construction also was milled on campus at the college’s lumber mill. The old music building which was […]

Black-Topped Roads

“At last, roads of our campus were paved with black-top during the month of August. No longer will we have to contend with dust or mud while traveling from one building to another. The task of cleaning the buildings will be much easier, also. This long-anticipated improvement adds immensely to the appearance of the campus. […]

Billy Sunday Visits Toccoa and Receives Great Ovation

(The following is an article from The Toccoa Record, November 29, 1917 (Used by Permission) taken from the book A Tree God Planted by Troy Damron) The largest crowd of humanity that Toccoa has ever entertained greeted Billy Sunday when he arrived here at 11:30 a.m. Monday in a special car. He was accompanied by […]

Bessie Wilson Harris

A Homecoming (Editor’s note: The following information was taken from a college interview with Bessie Wilson Harris in the ‘70’s.) Mrs. Bessie Wilson Harris, former resident of Toccoa and Toccoa Falls, returned recently for a visit. Mrs. Harris lived in the Toccoa area for nearly 26 years (1900-1926). In 1908, owner E. P. Simpson employed […]

Baby Chickens at Haddock Inn!

There is a good chance that this is the only photo of Evelyn Forrest standing in the lower level of Haddock Inn. Shortly after the Forrests arrived at Toccoa Falls, Evelyn and Richard realized the need to plant gardens and begin raising livestock. She had students and faculty members to feed along with the numerous […]

Athletics & Recreation

“However, life at Toccoa Falls was not all work. There was plenty of opportunity for recreation. There was also time for hiking, swimming, tennis, basketball, and baseball. Music, for both services and recreation, was stressed. “Over the years the Forrests continued to take in young people as long as they had a conscious knowledge of […]

50th Anniversary

In commemoration of Toccoa Falls Institute’s 50th anniversary, a public service was held with Dr. Billy Graham as the principal speaker. Proclamations by William Clary, Mayor of the City of Toccoa and Dr. Bruce Schaeffer, Chairman of the Commissioners of Stephens County proclaimed September 25, 1961, as “Dr. Forrest—Toccoa Falls Day” in Toccoa and Stephens […]

1955 Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees chosen by Dr. Forrest and his advisors to run the affairs of Toccoa Falls Institute, July 1, 1955 (Left to right) R. E. Dixon – Belmont, NC – businessman Marshall Smart – Toccoa, GA – alumnus and businessman Dr. William Good – Toccoa, GA – medical doctor Rev. James Rich – Miami, […]


Group after the Haddock Inn fire 1917-1918 Second group student body 1919-1920 1920 1920-1921 1921-1922 Band 1922-1923 1922-1923 Band


Graduation pin from 1932 1932-1933 Band Graduating Class of 1934 1934 Graduates 1933-1934 Student Body ——————————————————— 1934–COMMERCIAL COURSE In 1934, a commercial course was added with five rebuilt typewriters, 20 students, and one teacher. By 1941, 20 “modern” typewriters had replaced the five rusty rebuilts. Other classes and skills included bookkeeping; Gregg shorthand; secretarial skills—writing […]