Walhalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
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 Westminster were settled. In 1868, soon after the Civil War ended, Oconee County was formed out of the larger Pickens District.
These stories, along with other histories, are told today in the Oconee Heritage Center. Permanent museum exhibits include a two century old dugout canoe, a Depression-era tenant farmer's house and a virtual Stumphouse Tunnel. The center also serves as an archive and educational facility.
Erected by South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
Location. 34° 45.85′ N, 83° 4.015′ W. Marker is in Walhalla, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on Browns Square Drive Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Browns Square Drive, Walhalla SC 29691, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel R.T. Jaynes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Duty, Honor, Country (about 300 feet away); The Silver Rose (about 300 feet away); Combat Infantrymen Monument (about 400 feet away); Oconee County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Patriot's Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum (about 500 feet away); Gen. John A. Wagener (about 600 feet away); The English School (about 700 feet away); John A. Wagener Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Johnís Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walhalla.
Also see . . .
1. Oconee Heritage Center. Official website of the Oconee Heritage Center. (Submitted on April 26, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Oconee County Cage. The Oconee County Cage was one of several used in the early twentieth century as quarters for chain gang members at work sites. (Submitted on April 26, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on April 26, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.