Jocassee Valley, peacefully tucked in the arms of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Oconee County, was finally laid to rest in 1973. Duke Power Company's multi-million dollar Keowee-Toxaway project abruptly choked the natural flow of four wild rivers: Whitewater, Toxaway, Horsepasture, and Keowee, inundating the Valley under
The idyllic sights and sounds of Jocassee are forever lost . . . except in the hearts of those of us who lived and played there. For many, the loss was great. We lost our gathering places, our heritage, our homes . . . and a piece of our hearts.
But a wonderful thing happened in August, 2004. Divers located my family's homestead, Attakulla Lodge (shown above).
She is still standing in 300 feet of water and has been visited on numerous occasions by divers who have become my dearest friends. They have brought me a sidelight from the front door of the Lodge, and by doing so, have restored a piece of my heart. I feel like I can go home again! Come with us as we share our incredible story of the search for Attakulla Lodge.