For the next 9 miles or so, you’ll drive by several interesting historic sites. Take note of Toccoa Valley Campground, where you must return in Summer for sensational tubing action - it was also the beginning of the Dial Community, originally settled in 1834.
You’ll see the VanZandt House, an original pioneer home. The house was built around the original log cabin in 1834. And less than a half-mile from there is the Cochran-Davenport House - or the “fancy” house with gingerbread details that Cochran built lovingly for his wife, Sarah VanZandt.
As you continue, look for the Chastain House surrounded by 100-year old boxwoods brought from North Carolina by Chastain’s wife, Mary. And see the Old Skeenah Mill, from 1839, where the VanZandts, Cochrans, Chastains and more most likely exchanged family news and chatted about the weather as they waited for their corn to be ground. It was the town’s original “social media” location.