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The End of an Era: Williams Chapel 1918-2014
Own a piece of Williams Chapel
Interested in owning a piece of Toccoa Falls history? For a limited time, alumni and friends have a rare opportunity to have a tangible reminder of the many wonderful memories experienced in and around Williams Chapel. An original section of the wood board siding from the building with a commemorative plaque will be given to individuals who make a one-year, monthly pledge of $20 for the annual student scholarship fund.
These special reminders of Williams Chapel will be carefully boxed and sent after your first gift is made. Alumni and friends can purchase a piece of historic Williams Chapel by simply clicking the link below or by calling the alumni office at 706-886-6831, ext. 5205. If giving online, please select the "In Honor Of" gift designation option and specify Williams Chapel. There are a limited number of salvaged sections available.
(If you are already a member of the President's Circle, you will be receiving a piece of the siding.)
Williams Chapel was renovated and the stained glass windows were installed in the Fall of 1986.
by Dr. Jon Penland (HS 1976, BC 1981)
I say goodbye to a worn out friend
whose useful time had come to end;
but serve us well you did for years
and your demise will cause some tears.
We ate, sang, prayed, and wailed in you;
work well you did past (age) 92 (2010).
Great things have happened at this place
but it was God who filled your space.
He’s still at work, and soon we’ll see
He has good, new plans for TFC.
Presented at the Decommissioning Service for Williams Chapel during Homecoming 2013.
They met shortly after enrolling as students but did not marry until after they had graduated and Mary had served a year as a missionary in Cuba. On April 29, 1928, the couple exchanged vows in a simple ceremony at Toccoa Falls. At the time, Paul did not believe God was calling them into full-time Christian service. They returned to Texas where he worked on his family’s farm. Years later, he contacted Dr. Forrest asking if he and his family could return to the college. The answer was a resounding “yes!” From 1947 until their deaths in 1977, “Uncle Paul” and “Aunt Mary” worked faithfully and tirelessly at Toccoa Falls College. Continue reading
This shows the original painting at the front of the chapel.
One morning after breakfast at Staley Cottage, Richard Forrest came down to what is now the center of campus. In 1914, with a briar hook and an axe, he cleared a spot for a permanent dining room and kitchen. Then everyone assembled in the opening for prayer. With the Forrests in the lead, faculty, staff, and students held hands and marched around the clearing, claiming it in the name of the Lord for a dining room. Continue reading
Construction of chapel and dining hall.