Wahalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 2006 by The Oconee Arts and Historical Commission and the South Carolina Heritage Corridor. (Marker Number 37-12.)
Location. 34° 50.428′ N, 83° 3.976′ W. Marker is in Wahalla, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on Oconee Station Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Oconee Station State Historic Site, near the ranger's station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Oconee Station Road, Walhalla SC 29691, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oconee Station / Oconee County (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Oconee Waterwheel (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cherokee Boundary (1777) (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oconee State Park (approx. 2.8 miles Civilian Conservation Corps Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tamassee Town (approx. 3.1 miles away); Issaqueena Falls (approx. 3.8 miles away); Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel (approx. 3.8 miles away); Stumphouse Tunnel (approx. 3.9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Oconee Station State Historical Park. Station House and Richard's House are open for tours on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. The park is open March - December, Thursday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. (Submitted on July 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Oconee Town marker to note Cherokee village. An article by David Williams published in the Anderson Independent on Friday, November 3, 2006.
"At one time Oconee Town and neighboring Oconee Station were the hub of commerce in what is now Oconee County..." (Submitted on July 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Oconee Station and Richards House. Oconee Station was erected before 1760 to afford the few settlers nearby a measure of protection against numerous Cherokee Indians in the area. (Submitted on November 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. South Carolina's Oconee Station State Historic Site
This 210-acre park, on Oconee Creek in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, contains two historic structures: a stone blockhouse (fort) known as Oconee Station and a two-story brick residence known as the William Richards House.
The blockhouse was constructed around 1792 as one of a chain of such buildings established during a period of tension between white settlers and the Indians. Oconee Station was the last blockhouse to be decommissioned in the state. Troops were removed in 1799.
The brick house at Oconee Station, which sits near the blockhouse,was built in 1805 by William Richards, a native of Ireland. Richards established a successful trading post at Oconee Station. After the death of William Richards, along with the western movement of the frontier, Oconee Station's importance began to decline. The site is listed on the National Historic Register.
In addition to the structures, the park includes a large fishing pond and a two-mile hiking trail which ends at Station Cove Falls, a 60-foot waterfall in the Sumter National Forest. (Source; Brochure available at the site.)
— Submitted November 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson,
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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