Piedmont College leaders announced on Friday, July 12, that the school had acquired 80 acres contiguous to the Demorest campus from “longtime friends of the college.”
The property, located on the southern end of the campus and partly bordered by Camp Creek and U.S. 441, has been owned by the Rohletter family since the early 1900s.
“We are deeply grateful to the Rohletter family, in particular Ray and Mary’s children Joel Rohletter, Jennifer Rohletter Chambers and Amanda Rohletter Powell, for their commitment to our students by enabling the transfer of this unique asset,” Piedmont President James F. Mellichamp said in a press release.
In honor of the family, Piedmont College has named the area “Mary and Ray Rohletter Farm Campus” and officials plan to develop an access road through the property to be named “Rohletter Farm Drive.”
Mellichamp said civil engineers are preparing preliminary designs for the road placement, though the college has not yet determined how the property will be developed.
With this latest acquisition, which increases Piedmont’s land holdings by about 25 percent, the college now includes more than 400 acres in Demorest.
The college also operates a four-acre campus in Athens.
“We are a thriving institution that is growing,” Mellichamp said. “This land will provide room for future development.”