In 1999, after a decades-long quest, a dedicated group of Williams visionaries acquired seven acres of land in the heart of Williams to create an alternative learning space for homeschooling families to share in the education of their children and a central meeting place for everyone to come share tea, organic food, and for creativity in all its guises. The foundation for Sugarloaf Community Association and Sugarloaf Learning Center was laid. From its inception, and supported wholeheartedly by the people of Williams, the community raised over $114,000 in donations and Sugarloaf Community Association raised additional funds to pay back an $18,000 loan. Thousands of volunteer hours were logged to help with this process. The existing buildings were used initially by various homeschool groups. Woodland Charter School, now a public charter school in Murphy, began its humble beginnings right here on the land.