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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Oconee County, South Carolina

Clickable Map of Oconee County, South Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Oconee County, SC (64) Anderson County, SC (164) Pickens County, SC (116) Franklin County, GA (19) Habersham County, GA (14) Hart County, GA (14) Rabun County, GA (14) Stephens County, GA (52) Jackson County, NC (10) Macon County, NC (26) Transylvania County, NC (36)  OconeeCounty(64) Oconee County (64)  AndersonCounty(164) Anderson County (164)  PickensCounty(116) Pickens County (116)  FranklinCountyGeorgia(19) Franklin County (19)  HabershamCounty(14) Habersham County (14)  HartCounty(14) Hart County (14)  RabunCounty(14) Rabun County (14)  StephensCounty(52) Stephens County (52)  JacksonCountyNorth Carolina(10) Jackson County (10)  MaconCounty(26) Macon County (26)  TransylvaniaCounty(36) Transylvania County (36)
Adjacent to Oconee County, South Carolina
    Anderson County (164)
    Pickens County (116)
    Franklin County, Georgia (19)
    Habersham County, Georgia (14)
    Hart County, Georgia (14)
    Rabun County, Georgia (14)
    Stephens County, Georgia (52)
    Jackson County, North Carolina (10)
    Macon County, North Carolina (26)
    Transylvania County, North Carolina (36)
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1South Carolina (Oconee County), Fair Play — Vandiver Bridge — Dedicated Oct. 31, 1961
Erected by The states of Georgia and South Carolina and the Federal Bureau of Roads Named in honor of a beloved Georgia leader and member Georgia Highway Board Samuel Ernest Vandiver 1876 - 1951 Father of Hon. S. Ernest Vandiver . . . Map (db m19491) HM
2South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — Andrew Pickens Ranger District / Oconee County
Andrew Pickens Ranger District Side The Ranger District was named for Andrew Pickens, an able commander of South Carolina's rebel militia during the American Revolution. Born of Scots-Irish immigrants near Paxtang, Pennsylvania, Pickens . . . Map (db m14210) HM
3South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — 37 16 — Chattooga Town
(Front): Chattooga was one of the Cherokee "Lower Towns" in what is now S.C. during the 17Th and early 18Th centuries and was a short distance north in the Chattooga River bottom. Chattooga Town, in a remote location in the backcountry, was . . . Map (db m20970) HM
4South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — 37-13 — Cherokee Boundary (1777)
[Front Side]: The Cherokee sided with the British during the American Revolution, and in 1776 Maj. Andrew Williamson's S.C. militia destroyed their "Lower Towns" in what is now S.C. He then cooperated with the N.C. militia in expeditions . . . Map (db m14351) HM
5South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — Civilian Conservation Corps Monument
"The promptness with which you seized the opportunity to engage in honest work, the willingness with which you have performed your daily tasks, and the fine spirit you have shown in winning the respect of the communities in which your camps have . . . Map (db m14329) HM
6South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — Russell House
Russell House This was a busy Appalachian farmstead in the late 1800's and early 1900's. You could hear the laughter of children playing in the creek, lowing cattle and clucking chickens as they searched for food. Ganaway Russell built a . . . Map (db m20978) HM
7South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — The Civilian Conservation Corps — 1933-1942
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 as part of the comprehensive relief effort during the grim depression years. Three million men were involved in the CCC during its ten-year . . . Map (db m14350) HM
8South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — The Oconee Waterwheel
Establishment of the Park Oconee State Park was developed in the 1930's as one of the earliest State Parks in South Carolina was built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corp. The CCC was a program created as part of President Franklin . . . Map (db m14353) HM
9South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — Walhalla State Fish Hatchery — The CCC and Resource Conservation
The historic buildings below are products of the great Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The WPA, the CCC, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's other New deal programs provided jobs to . . . Map (db m14217) HM
10South Carolina (Oconee County), Mountain Rest — William R. Geddings Fish Culture House
. . . Map (db m14293) HM
11South Carolina (Oconee County), Newry — Newry Soup Kitchen
1918 Worldwide Flu Epidemic Marker Erected in Loving Memory of Ella Nunley & Eli Whitney Stanton by Their Daughter Marcie S. SimmonsMap (db m63321) HM
12South Carolina (Oconee County), Newry — Newry World War II Memorial
To the Men and Women of the Armed Forces Whose Unselfish Service Preserving the Peace of this Nation - This Memorial is Humbly DedicatedMap (db m55158) HM
13South Carolina (Oconee County), Newry — The Church Bell
The citizens of Newry had been having church service in the hall over the company store for a good while after the village was built. They petitioned the company to allow them to start a building fund, which was agreed to. However, the management . . . Map (db m56561) HM
14South Carolina (Oconee County), Oakway — Center Methodist Church — Established 1860's
Before the building was constructed, the Pickens Circuit of the Methodist conference used the grounds for their camp meetings. Throughout the years the church changed circuits from Pickens to Townville to Westminster and back to Townville. Being in . . . Map (db m53690) HM
15South Carolina (Oconee County), Salem — 37-14 — Jocassee Town
Jocassee was one of several Cherokee “Lower Towns” in what is now S.C. It was located about 2 mi. E on the Jocassee River and in the Vale of Jocassee, near the modern Jocassee Dam. The town, like other Cherokee Lower Towns, was abandoned . . . Map (db m27338) HM
16South Carolina (Oconee County), Salem — 37-11 — Keowee Town
[Marker Front] Keowee Town, which means “mulberry grove place,” was the largest and most important of the Cherokee “Lower Towns” in what is now S.C. It was 1 mi. E on the Keowee River, and was already considered a . . . Map (db m27335) HM
17South Carolina (Oconee County), Salem — Salem Confederate Monument
With greatest respect and honor for the Confederate Soldiers from this area, we salute you, with the dedication of this monument. Special recognition goes to Sgt. John W. Cannon, an officer of the Confederacy and highly respected citizen of the . . . Map (db m14385) HM
18South Carolina (Oconee County), Salem — 37-3 — The Cherokee Path
[Front Side]: The main trading path to the Cherokee Nation paralleled the route of Highway 11 for several miles at this point. This section of the path was used by travelers going from Keowee, the main Lower Town of the Cherokees, across . . . Map (db m14383) HM
19South Carolina (Oconee County), Salem — Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn Bridge
In recognition of Distinguished Public Service promoting water resources, highways, conservation, national defense, veterans affairs, textiles, Appalachia et cetera State Representative State Senator Soldier World War II U.S. Congressman . . . Map (db m21053) HM
20South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — Andrew Pickens — Backcountry Revolutionary General and Legislator
Andrew Pickens The county and its county seat are both named in honor of General Andrew Pickens, hero of the American Revolution, state legislator and Congressman. The Pickens family arrived in the Carolina backcountry in the mid-18th . . . Map (db m13205) HM
21South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — 37-6 — Capt. Samuel Earle
[Front]: Capt. Samuel Earle (1760-1833), an officer during the American Revolution, state representative, and U.S. representative, lived at nearby Beaverdam Plantation. He also furnished land for the town of Andersonville, once 12 mi. . . . Map (db m34563) HM
22South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — Fairplay Community Veterans Memorial
Dedicated by the people of this community to the memory of those who gave their lives in the great wars.Map (db m13968) HM
23South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — 37-1 — First Soil Conservation District Plan
On February 4, 1938, Mrs. Ploma M. Adams, owner of this farm, assisted by the Upper Savannah Soil Conservation District, initiated the first Farm-Conservation Plan of any district in America.Map (db m26287) HM
24South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — Henry Craig
Henry Craig was the body servant of John Craig and served with him during the War Between the States. John was a member of Company A, First South Carolina Rifles, Orr's Regiment, from 1861 until he was wounded at Gravely Hill, Virginia on August . . . Map (db m55172) HM
25South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — Memorial Gateway
Memorial Gateway 1860-1865 Dedicated to the men of the Confederacy who gallantly defended the southland during the War Between the States.Map (db m13957) HM
26South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — 37-7 — Oconee County Training School
[Front]: Oconee County Training School, which educated the African American children of this county from 1925 to 1955, was the successor of the Seneca Colored Graded School. This school, also known as OCTS, was founded in 1925 with Rev. . . . Map (db m13979) HM
27South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — Oconee County World War Veterans
(Left Side):1914 ~ 1918 In Memory of Oconee County World War Veterans (Right Side):1914 ~ 1918 In Memory of Charles McGee Byrd Sergant, Machine Gun Co. 118th S.C. Infantry 30th Division Wounded Oct. 17th 1918 . . . Map (db m50350) HM
28South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — Old Pickens Church — Sole Remnant of Town of Pickens
Old Pickens Church A Presbyterian congregation was probably organized in the 1840s. It is impossible to fix an exact date because the church records were destroyed in a fire around the turn of the 20th century. Construction on the church . . . Map (db m13179) HM
29South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — 401 — Old Pickens Presbyterian Church — Built in 1850 — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site —
A church/meeting house for early immigrants of Scotch-Irish and English descent who settled in the area. Presented by Col. John Robins Chapter National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century In Honor of Mrs. Kay Patricia Hunt Alford . . . Map (db m121930) HM
30South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — 37-4 — Seneca
Founded August 14, 1873, as "Seneca City," and chartered on March 14, 1874, the town of Seneca was named for an Indian village on the Seneca River. Its location was determined by the junction of the Blue Ridge Railroad and the . . . Map (db m13969) HM
31South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — Seneca Firsts
This site, lot No. 126, was the first sold at auction by J.J. Norton and A.W. Thompson, August 14, 1873 when 14 lots sold and Seneca City was founded. Purchased by John M. Dumas, who was named the first Postmaster on April 15, 1873. Site of: . . . Map (db m46925) HM
32South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — 37-8 — Seneca Institute / Seneca Junior College
Marker Front: Seneca Institute The Seneca Institute (later Seneca Junior College) educated African American children of this region from 1899 to 1939. It was founded and sponsored by the Seneca River Baptist Association, which in 1898 . . . Map (db m27333) HM
33South Carolina (Oconee County), Seneca — Wall of Honor — Veterans of All Wars
[North Marker]: 2008 Plaque [North Marker]: 2009 Plaque [North Marker]: 2010 Plaque [North Marker]: 2011 Plaque [East Marker]: 2012 PlaqueMap (db m55154) HM
34South Carolina (Oconee County), Tamassee — 37-19 — Tamassee DAR School
[Marker Front] Tamassee DAR School, founded by the S.C. Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1919, was established in an area described as “remote but accessible where the need was greatest.” It has long . . . Map (db m27441) HM
35South Carolina (Oconee County), Tamassee — Tamassee Town
Near this site once stood the Cherokee "lower town" of Tamassee. On August 12, 1776 a Revolutionary War battle known as the "Ring Fight" was fought here between the Cherokee and the South Carolina Militia under Captain Andrew Pickens. The Cherokee . . . Map (db m152185) HM
36South 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 . . . Map (db m64789) HM
37South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Combat Infantrymen Monument
To Honor All Combat Infantrymen 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. . . . Map (db m64807) HM
38South 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. . . . Map (db m14031) HM
39South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Gen. John A. Wagener
Front 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 . . . Map (db m20966) HM
40South 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 . . . Map (db m14193) HM
41South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — John A. Wagener Monument — 1850-1900
[East Side]: Erected to the Memory of Gen. Jno. A. Wagener Founder of Walhalla and to His Co-laborers of the German Colonization Society August 23-24, 1900.Map (db m17491) HM
42South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-9 — Newberry College — 1868-1877
[Front]: 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 . . . Map (db m13991) HM
43South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Oconee County Confederate Monument
[East Side]: 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 . . . Map (db m14163) HM
44South 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
45South 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 . . . Map (db m64805) HM
46South 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 . . . Map (db m14324) HM
47South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Oconee Station / Oconee County
Oconee Station 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 . . . Map (db m14372) HM
48South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-12 — Oconee Town
Oconee, also spelled "Aconnee," was one of the Cherokee "Lower Towns" in what is now S.C. at the base of Oconee Mountain and on the main trading path between the British and Cherokees, it was abandoned in 1752. Oconee Station was built in 1792 as an . . . Map (db m132065) HM
49South 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 . . . Map (db m46853) HM
50South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-2 — St. John’s 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 . . . Map (db m14160) HM
51South 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 . . . Map (db m15041) HM
52South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-10 — Stumphouse Tunnel
(Front) 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. . . . Map (db m74218) HM
53South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-15 — The English School
Front 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 . . . Map (db m20964) HM
54South 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 . . . Map (db m14029) WM
55South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Walhalla
"Garden of the Gods" Gateway to the Blue RidgeMap (db m13987) HM
56South 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. . . . Map (db m14162) HM
57South Carolina (Oconee County), West Union — 37-18 — West Union Grammar School / West Union Grammar School
West Union Grammar School West Union Graded School, also known as West Union Grammar School or West Union Elementary School, was built here in 1923-24. In 1922, trustees purchased 4 acres from Marvin Phinney for a new school to replace an . . . Map (db m64783) HM
58South Carolina (Oconee County), West Union — West Union Veterans Memorial
In honor of all US Veterans Dedicated this date June 28, 2014 Sons of the American Legion Town of West Union American LegionMap (db m161578) WM
59South Carolina (Oconee County), Westminster — Colonel Benjamin Cleveland Monument
. . . Map (db m63430) HM
60South Carolina (Oconee County), Westminster — 37-20 — Retreat Rosenwald School
[Front]: This school, often called Retreat Colored School, was built in 1923 for the African-American students in and near Westminster. A two-room, two-teacher, elementary school, it was built by local builder William Walker Bearden of . . . Map (db m53235) HM
61South Carolina (Oconee County), Westminster — Westminster Confederate Monument
Dedicated to Confederate SoldiersMap (db m63317) WM
62South Carolina (Oconee County), Westminster — Westminster Depot — Southern Railway Passenger Station — South Carolina National Heritage Corridor —
The original Westminster Freight Depot was built in 1885. The railroad contributed to rapid growth and development in the Westminster area. Following incorporation and continued growth, in 1911 the passenger depot was constructed. However, as . . . Map (db m46848) HM
63South Carolina (Oconee County), Westminster — Westminster First Baptist Church World War I Monument
Top Engraving Our Soldier Boys Ernest Whitworth M.A. Bearden A.M. Dorn J.O. Johns W.B. Dillard W.T. McCordy H.L. Evans B.H. Gilliam H.D. Breazeale F.K. Breazeale J.P. Dendy, Jr. Roy Stribling * D.A. McMillan . . . Map (db m63319) WM
64South Carolina (Oconee County), Westminster — Westminster World War I Monument
Dedicated to World War VeteransMap (db m63320) WM
May. 11, 2021