Toccoa, Ga – The Heart of Northeast Georgia

The picture above is the covered bridge at Henderson Falls Park

Toccoa was originally called Wofford’s Tract or Wofford’s Settlement named for Col. William Wofford a Revolutionary War veteran.  The city was established in 1873 around an area formerly called Dry Pond, named for a pond that was waterless most of the time. The name “Toccoa” is named for the Cherokee word for “beautiful”.  Toccoa was incorporated in 1875 and is the county seat.

Toccoa has an attractive downtown with tree-lined streets.  The visitor center is in the train depot they have a walk-around brochure of the historic buildings.  Most of the buildings have plaques with the history of the building.  The Currahee Military Museum is also in the depot

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The Currahee Military Museum, located in the train depot where arriving soldiers would disembark.  17,000 men trained at Camp Toccoa located at the foot of Currahee Mountain in 1944.  A featured exhibit is a horse stable, built in Aldbourne, England in 1922 that served as housing for Able and Easy Companies

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Visitor Center and Currahee Military Museum

Masters Touch Artworks – A fine arts gallery that displays art from local artists.  The gallery includes oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolors, folk art,wood turning, wood carvings, pottery and ceramics. 36 Doyle St.

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Mountain Cove Pottery – Very nice pottery.  In the Whistle Stop Antique Mall

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Whistle Stop Mall – 142 N Sage St
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All Things Currahee – Doyle St

Paul Anderson Memorial Park  – Built in memory of “The World’s Strongest Man.” This garden park surrounds a fountain and life-sized statue of the 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record holder.

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Toccoa Falls

A beautiful 186-foot-high waterfall, Toccoa Falls is one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls east of the Mississippi River.  It is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. A stream flows through the lower part of the 1,000-acre, wooded campus from the base of the waterfall. This spectacular waterfall, is 26 ft. higher than Niagara Falls.  The Falls is accessed through the gift shop.  The falls is a short and easy walk.

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Visitor Center at Toccoa Falls

Henderson Falls Park – 25 acres with a small waterfall and a covered bridge.  There is a walking trail and Historic marker honoring George Washington Hitt 1913-1958 Artist, Humanitarian, Philosopher.  – Henderson Falls Road

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Historic marker at Henderson Falls Park

Currahee Vineyard – Nice vineyard the wine is made from muscadine grapes, I’m not fond of sweet wine so I did not try the wine.  3301 W. Currahee.

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Travelers Rest – Historical Marker at the site: This stagecoach inn and plantation home was built around 1815 by James R. Wyly. He strategically located it along the newly constructed Unicoi Turnpike, a busy highway over the Appalachian Mountains. Wyly operated the inn until 1833 when he sold it to his neighbor Devereaux Jarrett, the “richest man in the Tugaloo Valley.” Jarrett continued to operate the inn, but doubled its size to make it the homeplace of his 14,400-acre plantation along the Tugaloo River. Three generations of Jarretts inhabited the site until the state of Georgia purchased the remaining few acres of the once-vast plantation for $8,000 in 1955. Thanks to both its architectural significance and its role in the early history of the area, Traveler’s Rest was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Today, visitors can tour the house and see many original artifacts and furnishings, some of which were crafted by Caleb Shaw, a renowned cabinetmaker from Massachusetts

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