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1999    Incorporation of the Stephens County Foundation


2000   Stephens County Foundation receives nonprofit designation


2002   Purchase of the 87 acres that comprise Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park


2003    “Twilight on Tugaloo – Dinner on the River” begins


2003   Lainie Weade Memorial Tour de Tugaloo Benefit Bicycle Ride begins


2006   First Property Walk-over with Trustees to chart/identify the first trail (River Loop Trail—now  Noyowee and                    Estatoe Trails)


2007    Mitchell Allen Foundation commits to a challenge grant of $40,000 for completion of the Caretakers Cottage


2007    First Boat/Bike Poker Run Fundraising Drive


2007    Ridge/Upland Trail (now Taucoe Trail) first marked out


2008    Initial clearing completed on the Ridge/Upland Trail (now Taucoe Trail) completed by Toccoa Falls College                       Outdoor Club


2008   Grant to construct trails [Minutes of March 2007 note that the DNR Recreational Trails Grant not granted]


2008    River History Padddle Tours begin


2008    Stephens Federal Bank hosts the Foundation’s Pottery Display


2008    Recreational Trails Grant for Restrooms and Parking Lot


2009    Seasonal Nature Walks begin


2009    Oral History Project Begins 


2010    First Native American Artifact Road Show


2010    First “Tugaloo to Tennessee” Brunch fundraiser at Gate Cottage, highlighting the historical relationship                           between the Corridor and the Turnpike


2010    DNR Grant Funding for Recreational Trails becomes available


2010    Outdoor Classroom Eagle Scout Project completed by Michael Grubbs


2010    Ridge Trail (now Taucoe Trail) Bench Improvements Eagle Scout Project completed by Nathan Clary


2010    Hart EMC Grant of $5,000 for Office Furnishings in Superintendent’s Cottage


2010    Board supports research and work relative to the Unicoi Turnpike


2011    Mitchell Allen Caretaker’s Cottage completed, first Site Superintendents hired


2011    Parking Lot designed, cleared, and completed


2011    Water well completed


2011    Pavilion completed


2011    SCF River Views Newsletter inaugurated


2011    Kiosk Eagle Scout Project completed by Caleb Masten


2011    Stephens County School Administrators first visits Tugaloo Bend for tour


2012    Second “Tugaloo to Tennessee” Brunch fundraiser at Gate Cottage, highlighting Traveler’s Rest, the Tugaloo                  Corridor and the Unicoi Turnpike


2012    Restrooms completed with contributions from Global Partitions


2012    Landscaping for Parking Lot designed and completed by North Georgia Tech


2012    Pavilion Furniture added


2012    Handicapped portion of the Unicoi Trail completed


2012   Georgia Humanities Council Grant of $1350 for the Oral History Project is awarded


2012    Tent Platforms for camping area Eagle Scout Project completed by Clayton Fulbright


2012    Collier Causeway completed


2012    Stephens County Foundation becomes member of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce


2013   Georgia Humanities Council—Oral History Grant Presentation “From our Past, In the Present, For the Future:               Preserving Oral History Along the Tugaloo Corridor” in the Mitchell Allen Room of the Stephens County                         Historical Society


2013   Pavilion named for Mrs. Elizabeth T. Hayes, elder stateswoman of the Tugaloo Valley


2013    Tugaloo Bend sign and front gate added


2014   Jammin’ at the Bend begins


2014   Student field trips to the Bend begin with the Wattle and Daub Project with Stephens County Middle School                  8th Grade


2014    Pavilion landscaping Eagle Scout Project completed 


2015    River History Sunset Paddle Tours begin


2015    Roy Collier begins annual February meetings at First Methodist on Native American history of the Corridor


2015    Board supports research and work relative to the Dinky Line Railroad


2017   Canoes and kayaks purchased for use as rentals


2017   Wattle and daub project on Taucoe Trail begins


2017    Tour de Tugaloo Benefit Bicycle Ride hits the 500 registered rider mark


2018    Kayak shed built with grant from Irvin Foundation

2018    Natural History River Paddle Tour begins

2019    Construction and completion of an outdoor kitchen. Funding for the kitchen was provided by a grant from                   Hart EMC and a second grant  from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, in partnership with                 the City of Toccoa.   

2019     Development of the Tugaloo River Water Trail as part of the Georgia River Network

2021    A grant from the Rotary Foundation was received to support the development and installation of curriculum               based interpretive signs as part of the self-guided instructional program being implemented for visiting                         students.

2021    The Tugaloo River Water Trail officially opens in May

2021    Kayak fleet expanded to meet demands during summer. 

2021    Utility vehicle purchased for maintenance and trail support. 

2021    Two Boy Scout Eagle projects completed.  One is a firepit, chairs and a picnic table at the pavilion and the                     other is path walkway over a lowland area of the River Trail.  

2022    SC Foundation enters into an agreement with the US Corps of Engineers for River Cane Project.  The                               Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokees have expressed interest in restoration of the river cane               for use by tribal artisans and for interpretive purposes.  


2022    A six craft trailer purchased for use in the kayak and canoe rental efforts.    

2023    Wine in the Woods event held - April

2023    Swings / Playground constructed by Eagle Project - Arrowood - May

2023    Water line installed to hilltop - June 

2023    Tim Hale Memorial Dedication - June 

2023    Stephens County Schools 8th Grade students (approx. 250) visit Tugaloo Bend - November

2023   Outdoor classroom renovation by Eagle Project - Scout Troop 217 newest Eagle Scout, Trayvon B -  December

2024   New Park manager chosen - Brent Ware - January 

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