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Tugaloo Corridor
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Oral History 
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Oral History

Listen and learn as  as members of the community recall their fondest memories of the life and times growing up in the Tugaloo River Corridor area. 

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Bill Jarrett

Bill's home was previously the post office for the area for many years when the mail was picked up and delivered by train. Bill, a life long resident and decendant of the Jarrett family who once owned Traveler's Rest, describes "drippin' rock" located along the shore of Lake Hartwell. He also recalls when the Lake was filled up.

Bill Jarrett - "Filling up the Lake"
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Bill Jarrett - Dripping Rock
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A true history buff and lover of the area, Elizabeth lived in the Jarrett/ Hayes House within the Tugaloo Corridor for most of her life. She lived to the ripe old age of 100 and remembers a humorous incident at school.

Elizabeth Hayes - School Fox and Dog
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The Jarrett / Hayes House,  a historical site within the Tugaloo River Corridor,  is where Elizabeth Hayes lived for many years.  For more info about the house (click here)


What did kids do for fun in the Tugaloo River Corridor? Florence recalls her times playing in the area.

Florence Harold Carter - Playing and the Syrup Mill
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Bill recalls summertime protracted church meetings.

Bill Spencer - Preachers and watermelon
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Before Crisco, people made their own shortening called "lard". Wallace recalls his mom making lard and all of it's other uses back then plus other memories including the Dinky Rail Road Line.

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Wallace Cleveland - Lard on the Head
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Wallace Cleveland - Riverside and Dinky Line
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Wallace Cleveland - Corn Likker
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Wallace Cleveland - Table Manners
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Wallace Cleveland - Tobacco
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Map of the Dinky Rail Road Line (referenced by Wallace Cleveland). The Dinky Line was used to bring materials for the construction of Yonah Dam. 


Many people relied on wells for a source of water. LJ recalls using their well for an additional purpose along with other memories.

LJ Harris - Spring Well and Mamas
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LJ Harris - Church Membership
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Bill recalls an incident with wildlife in the area plus shares other memories.

Bill Pitts - Bear and Sow
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Bill Pitts - Carved Pistols at the Honey House
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Bill Pitts - The Honey House Cave
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Betty recalls her fond memories and family's relationship with their workers.

Betty Lyles - Black and WHite
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Jack recalls dealing with "the itch" with natural remedies.

Jack Collins - The itch
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Farming in the Tugaloo River Corridor was a way of life for many families. Margaret describes her life growing up on the farm and other memories about Yonah Dam. 

Margaret Cash - Farming the Corridor
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Maragert Cash - Yonah Dam
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Residents of the Tugaloo River Corridor area who participated in the Oral History Project.

(front, left to right) Florence Carter, Lois Franklin, Elizabeth Hayes, Lucille Payne, (back, left to right) Harold Carter, Jack Collins, Bill Jarrett, Katie Hale, Bill Pitts, Betty Lyles, Roy Collier, Margaret Cash and Mr. Smith. ith.

About Preserving Oral History Along the Tugaloo Corridor

The Tugaloo River Corridor Project received a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council to assist with funding the on-going oral history projects of the Stephens County Foundation.


The Stephens County Foundation, in cooperation with the Toccoa Falls College Senior Historiography students of Dr. David Jalovick,  have conducted oral history interviews with residents of the Tugaloo River Corridor in order to preserve the vital history of this area through personal and family stories. 


The oral history interviews culminated in a presentation made March 2, 2013, in the Mitchell Allen Room of the Stephens County Historical Society.


Click on the Oral History button below for the presentation.

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The Interview Team from Toccoa Falls College


front, left to right) Alison Rowland, Lyndsay Burkhard, Laura Powell, Stephanie Abbott

(back, left to right) Gordan Smith, Paul Evans, Matt Jalovick, John Lawrence, Jeremy Adcock.

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Oral history helps us to understand how
“history as lived” is connected to “history as

<<Dr. Dave Jalovick

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