Walhalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Dramatic Cascades of the Upcountry
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 young woman she met and fell in love with a white trader named Allan Francis. One day she overheard a plan by the Cherokee to attack the settlements on the frontier. To warn her lover, she found a swift pony and rode 96 miles to his trading fort. As she traveled, Issaqueena named the landmarks she crossed on her way -- Six mile Mountain, twelve Mile River, Eighteen Mile Creek, and others on her way to her final destination at Fort Ninety-Six.
Fearing retribution from the Cherokees, Issaqueena remained with Allan, eventually marrying him. In time, she, Allan, and their newborn baby moved back to Stumphouse Mountain where they built
One day, the Cherokee Chief, angered with the white settlers, sent his warriors to capture Issaqueena. Issaqueena saw them coming and ran toward the waterfall to escape capture. Knowing that the Cherokee believed evil spirits lived in waterfalls, she pretended to leap to her death. She hid on the ledge below the top of the waterfall where she remained until it was safe to rejoin her family. Her dramatic escape began the legend of Issaqueena Falls.
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Environment • Forts and Castles • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 34° 48.483′ N, 83° 7.219′ W. Marker is in Walhalla, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on Stumphouse Tunnel Road. Marker is located near the start of the falls. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walhalla SC 29691, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel (approx. ¼ mile away); Stumphouse Tunnel (approx. ¼ mile away); Andrew Pickens Ranger District / Oconee County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oconee TownOconee Station / Oconee County (approx. 3.9 miles away); Oconee County Confederate Monument (approx. 4 miles away); War Between the States (approx. 4 miles away); The Oconee Waterwheel (approx. 4 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 4 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Monument (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walhalla.
Also see . . . Issaqueena Falls and Tunnel Falls. Issaqueena Falls has a similar story as Connestee Falls south of Brevard, N.C. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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