|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Colonel R.T. Jaynes (1862-1950)|
This building, constructed in 1905, was the law office of "Colonel" Robert Thompson Jaynes from 1905 until he retired in 1950.
"Colonel Bob" began his practice of law in 1885. His most notable case was Hopkins vs. Clemson College, a case which he argued and won before the United States Supreme Court in 1911. This landmark legal decision redefined the relationship of the states with their state supported colleges and has been cited in related legal proceedings ever since.
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|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Combat Infantrymen Monument|
|To Honor All Combat
We were boys and we were young
We became men on that hill we overrun
Some of us lived, many of us died
For a moment with us abide
And join in prayer with me
To honor those of the combat infantry.
The Combat Infantrymen's
Freedom has a price
The protected will never know. — Map (db m64807) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Duty, Honor, Country|
|The Sacrifices of few ensured the freedom of many.
A grateful community remembers those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during times of war and peace, whose courage and personal sacrifices defended and preserved our freedom.
Remembering their Sacrifices — Map (db m14031) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Gen. John A. Wagener|
Founder of Walhalla. Born in Sievern, Kingdom of Hannover. Germany July 21, 1816. He emigrated to Charleston, SC where her became a leader in the German emigrant community. Elected Mayor of Charleston. Organized the German Colonization Society with the purpose of finding a suitable place for German emigrants to settle in upstate South Carolina. During the War Between the States, he served as
a Colonel in the German Artillery, South Carolina Militia, . . . — Map (db m20966) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Issaqueena Falls Dramatic Cascades of the Upcountry|
| The Legend
Local stories about thus site involve variations from the poem, "Cateechee of Keowee,' a story of love and adversity penned by J.W. Daniels, A.M., in 1898. The following is a summary of Rev. Daniels' poem, which thrust Issaqueena in immortality.
This beautiful waterfall is named for a Creek maiden called Issaqueena. There are many legends about Issaqueena. The most popular story tells how as a girl Issaqueena was captured by the Cherokee and given the name Cateechee. As a . . . — Map (db m14193) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — John A. Wagener Monument 1850-1900|
to the Memory of
Gen. Jno. A. Wagener
Founder of Walhalla
and to His Co-laborers
of the German
August 23-24, 1900. — Map (db m17491) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-9 — Newberry College 1868-1877|
Newberry College, founded in 1856, moved here from Newberry in 1868 and remained in Walhalla until 1877, returning to Newberry for the opening of the 1877-78 academic year. The Lutheran college struggled during the Civil War and its aftermath as enrollment dropped and debts mounted. in 1869 it sold its main building and other property in Newberry at auction to pay its significant debts.
Walhalla, with a large community of Germans who were primarily . . . — Map (db m13991) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Oconee County Confederate Monument|
This monument is dedicated to the memory of the Confederate Soldiers by the women of Oconee County. These gallant soldiers gave their lives for the principle of states rights, for the protection of their homes, and in defence of their women and children. We, who knew them, testify that their courage was without a precedent, their fortitude without a parallel, their virtues of the highest, and that they knew no law of life but loyalty, truth and civic virtue, and to . . . — Map (db m14163) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Oconee County Veterans Memorial|
| In appreciation of
the Oconee County Veterans Committee
for establishing this park in honor
Oconee County soldiers who served
so that we could be free. — Map (db m14456) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Oconee Heritage Center Bringing History to Life|
Located along the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the history of Oconee County dates back to when the area was predominately inhabited by the Cherokee.
Following the American Revolution, and after settlement increased in South Carolina's Upstate, German settlers from Charleston founded the town of Walhalla (1850). Irish immigrants soon followed to build the Blue Ridge Railroad tunnel through Stumphouse Mountain. Railroad lines began crisscrossing the area and towns like Seneca and . . . — Map (db m64805) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Oconee State Park|
Oconee State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s during the Great Depression and continues to serve as a destination itself and as a gateway to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga rivers and to the blue Ridge and Smoky mountains. The park borders Sumter National Forest and is a haven for wildlife and a mix of mountain and foothill plant life. within its 1,165 acres are cabins, campsites, fishing and boating in two small lakes, and hiking and boating in two small lakes, . . . — Map (db m14324) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Oconee Station / Oconee County|
The South Carolina Frontier Experience
Oconee station & the William Richards House
This site was a frontier outpost and a meeting place between European American and Cherokees of this region during the late 1700s. The first building here, known as Oconee Station, was built as a garrisoned fort for armed troops and included a military blockhouse. Its initial purpose was to protect white settlers in the area from Indian attack. Soon Oconee Station became . . . — Map (db m14372) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Patriot's Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum Lest We Forget South Carolina National Heritage Corridor|
Built in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “Old Rock Building” was constructed from rock found at nearby historic Stumphouse Tunnel. The building is owned by Oconee County. Before becoming the home to the Oconee Veteran's Museum, this building housed many county offices.
Oconee County is home to thousands of veterans who have served or are currently serving in the military. The museum stands to honor them and offers an opportunity for visitors to see first hand . . . — Map (db m46853) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-2 — St. Johns Lutheran Church|
On November 20, 1853, St. John's was organized by members of the German Colonization Society of Charleston, S.C. who founded the town of Walhalla in 1850. Services were originally held in a house on West Union which was purchased from Col. Joseph Gresham and belonged to Jacob Schroder. The present structure was begun in 1859 and dedicated on March 12, 1861.
John Kaufmann designed and directed the building of St. John's with the assistance of August . . . — Map (db m14160) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel The Mountain that Defeated the Rail Line|
The history of Stumphouse Tunnel is as rich as the surrounding land and carries with it stories of dreams, failures, hardships, and opportunities. The dream was to develop a railroad line from Charleston, South Carolina to Cincinnati, Ohio. The Blue Ridge Rail Line was completed from Charleston to Pendleton by the 1850s but the granite Stumphouse Mountain presented a major challenge.
Fifteen hundred tunnel workers and their families made their home on Stumphouse Mountain in a town called . . . — Map (db m15041) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-10 — Stumphouse Tunnel|
The unfinished railroad tunnel cut into the SE face of Stumphouse Mtn. is the largest of three begun before the Civil War by the Blue Ridge Rail Road, for a line from Anderson, S.C., to Knoxville, Tenn. Work began in late 1853. About 1,500 Irish miners, who lived in the Tunnel Hill village atop the mountain, cut through blue granite with hand drills, hammers and chisels, and black powder. Four shafts meant miners could cut through ten rock faces at one time.|
(Reverse) . . . — Map (db m46447) HM
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-15 — The English School|
Walhalla, in what was Pickens District until Oconee County was created in 1868, was founded by the German Colonization Society of Charleston in 1850 and boasted as many as 500 German settlers by 1855. The first school offering instruction in English opened in a frame building on Church Street between mid-1850 and late 1852. It was described in January 1853 as "a good English school on the square attended by twenty German Children."
Prof. G.H.D. Cramer was . . . — Map (db m20964) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — The Silver Rose|
|The price of a silver rose is not free
"They gave their tomorrow for your toadys."
In memory of the men and women
who served in the Vietman War
and later died as a result
of Agent Orange dioxins
we honor and remember
their sacrifice — Map (db m14029) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Walhalla|
|"Garden of the Gods"
Blue Ridge — Map (db m13987) HM|
|South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — War Between the States 1861-1865|
|Dedicated to the brave and gallant Confederate soldiers and their families of Western Pickens District (Oconee County) who despite great hardships gave their blood and earthly possessions in defense of states rights and their beloved south land.
May we never forget them and what they stood for! — Map (db m14162) HM|