About FOLC

Lost Corner is a beautiful 24 acre nature preserve located in Sandy Springs, Georgia on the corner of Riverside Drive and Brandon Mill Rd.  It is part of the parks and recreation system under the City of Sandy Springs.  Friends of Lost Corner is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship to this amazing piece of property through funding, community involvement, volunteers, and support.

Friends of Lost Corner unofficially began in 2003 when Trisha Thompson Fox and Cheryl Barlow started visiting Ms. Peggy Miles at her home tucked away on the 24 acre tract of land.  Trisha was a past president of their home owners association and Cheryl was the current president.  Ms. Miles’ family bought the property in 1913 from the original owners and she was born there in 1923.   The original homestead foundation remains from the 1850s, and the Miles family built a charming craftsman bungalow on top of it in the 1920s.   Peggy never married, had no children and lived alone.  Trisha and Cheryl would visit to check on her.

Peggy's White Oaks v2

Over the years, they spent many visits sitting on her porch, chatting about many different things, especially the animals and plants which Ms. Miles knew in detail, even the Latin names.  She would tell them stories about growing up on Lost Corner.   Her father called the property Lost Corner because people would have trouble finding it.  He sold electricity for Georgia Power in conjunction with the Morgan Falls Dam project and the house was one of the first in the area to have electricity.  Peggy would walk to the two roomed school house at Morgan Falls Rd. and try to avoid the noise from the logging at the then operational Brandon Mill.  It was during one of these visits, in 2006, when Cheryl Barlow had brought her new baby and 4 year old along that Ms. Miles told them she didn’t want the property to ever change.  She told them she wanted it to stay the way it is so everyone could enjoy it, especially children.

This wish brought together different groups who made Lost Corner Preserve a reality.  After Ms. Miles decided to donate her land, she was introduced to Joey Mason, head of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, which brought in the Trust for Public Land to hold a deed to the property when it was purchased for city use. Plans were made to raise money to purchase 24 acres, to provide a life estate for Miles.  A total of $833,334 was raised to acquire the property.  The funding came from the City of Sandy Springs, which contributed $416,000 and a Georgia Land Conservation Program grant of $250,000. The Trust for Public Land, Sandy Springs Conservancy, and Friends of Lost Corner with the help of Ralph Daniels with Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe’s office raised $167,334.

Sadly in 2008, Ms. Miles died at Lost Corner in the home where she had been born, shortly after the deed was completed by the Trust for Public Land.  The deed and property ownership was transferred to the City of Sandy Springs.  Her desire to keep Lost Corner intact was realized.  In 2011, the City asked Thompson-Fox and Barlow to officially form Friends of Lost Corner, a 510c3 to help Ms. Miles fulfill her wish of opening up the property for use by the community.