Our Beginning

In 1919, Tamassee DAR School was established in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and for nearly 100 years has been serving our nation’s children by providing nurturing homes and opportunities through residential, educational and outreach Services.

Timeline

1914

South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution accept the project to build a school “in a place remote, yet accessible, where need seems greatest.”

1916 

Tamassee, South Carolina located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachian Mountain chain was selected as the location for the school.  Initial 110 acres provided by three (3) families from the community.

1919 

Tamassee DAR School officially opened with 23 girls living and studying in the South Carolina Calhoun Hall building.

1921

Tamassee DAR School accepted as National School Project by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

1930 – 1950

Tamassee DAR School experiences tremendous growth in its programs and population.  Tamassee DAR School expanded its plant operations to include several new homes, barns, dining hall, administration building, school building and more.  Boys allowed to attend as “Boarders” in 1932.  First home was a converted chicken coop as a cottage had not been built yet for boys.

1950 – 1960

Tamassee DAR School experiences the Rock n’ Roll era.  More homes built for children.

1960 – 1970

Tamassee DAR School and the school district of Oconee County are consolidated.  Last graduating high-school class within the Sarah Corbin Robert High-School Building at Tamassee DAR School takes place in 1967/68.

1970 – 1980

In 1970, Tamassee DAR School Board of Trustees recognizes the plight of children in trauma (neglect and abuse) and shifts from a primarily agricultural and  industrialized program, serving children in poverty to serving children in crisis.  All major farm equipment is sold at this time.

1980 – 1990

PA DAR converts the health house into the Pennsylvania Children’s Center.  DayCare Center moves out of basement of Cottage and opens in the renovated Pennsylvania Children’s Center and New York DAR builds new cottage for little girls.

1988, Ohio Hobart Dining Hall burns.  Community members and area churches provide food to the children.  New dining hall constructed in 1990.

2000 – Present

Tamassee DAR School establishes the Academy Program for 6th – 8th grade.  Sarah Corbin Robert High-School Building (upper floor) renovated and becomes the home of the Anson G. and Marian Beardslee Raymond Academy, Child Care Department, and GED Program.

Tamassee DAR School earns national accreditation by the Council on Accreditation.

The Pulliam Welcome Center constructed thanks to major donor, Winston Pulliam.  Center is the home of the Tamassee Thrift Store and rental spaces that provides income to support Tamassee DAR School.

Tamassee DAR School is one of only 10 recipients to receive the “Angel Award” from the South Carolina Secretary of State for excellence in stewardship.

Tamassee DAR School develops and implements a Master Plan to address future program and plant operational needs.

Tamassee DAR School begins training in the 3-5-7 Model.