SCHS Students to portray historical characters during Tales from Toccoa

A group of students from Stephens County High School’s Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy will be hosting an event at the Currahee Military Museum this weekend.

The event, Tales from Toccoa, gives citizens an opportunity to see history come to life, as 19 students portray characters from history.

Tales from Toccoa is being held on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Currahee Military Museum.

There will be the Chick-fil-A truck, Kona Ice, and food throughout history for sale during the event.

Timmi Shawler is the facilitator for the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy.

She says the students have worked hard on their presentations and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We are so excited to see you on Saturday, May 14th. The students have worked really hard on their lines, preparing the food that we’ll be selling—treats through Time. We’re excited to see you out, so come visit us, and help support our local Historical Society and Currahee Military Museum and all these kids that put all this hard-work and time in,” Shawler said.

Zane Pressley is one of the students participating. He says his character is a World War II solider who was raised and trained in Toccoa.

“We’re reenacting soldiers and characters from history to bring support for the museum, to bring the community together, and to raise awareness for education. I’m portraying James Tilley who was a solider in World War II he was born and trained here in Toccoa. Soon after he was deployed, he was placed in the 511 Paratrooper division, which was designed to help support the battle in the Philippines against Japan. There’s more to the story, but you’ll have to come to the museum to find out,” Pressley said.

Grayson Shirley is another student participating. She says she’s portraying Susan B. Kraft.

“I’m a senior here at Stephens County High School and I’ll be playing the role of Susan B. Kraft along with my partner who will be playing Andrew Kraft. A little bit about the characters, they both started an orphanage in the early 1910s. Andrew was a reverend for over 30 years, and Susan, like I said, they opened the orphanage. They had a lot of support from the community since they foster a lot of the youth,” Shirley said.

Again, Tales from Toccoa will be held at the Currahee Military Museum on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.