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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Walhalla, 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 (78) Anderson County, SC (173) Pickens County, SC (148) Franklin County, GA (19) Habersham County, GA (15) Hart County, GA (27) Rabun County, GA (14) Stephens County, GA (81) Jackson County, NC (26) Macon County, NC (30) Transylvania County, NC (41)  OconeeCounty(78) Oconee County (78)  AndersonCounty(173) Anderson County (173)  PickensCounty(148) Pickens County (148)  FranklinCountyGeorgia(19) Franklin County (19)  HabershamCounty(15) Habersham County (15)  HartCounty(27) Hart County (27)  RabunCounty(14) Rabun County (14)  StephensCounty(81) Stephens County (81)  JacksonCountyNorth Carolina(26) Jackson County (26)  MaconCounty(30) Macon County (30)  TransylvaniaCounty(41) Transylvania County (41)
Walhalla is the county seat for Oconee County
Walhalla is in Oconee County
      Oconee County (78)  
      Anderson County (173)  
      Pickens County (148)  
      Franklin County, Georgia (19)  
      Habersham County, Georgia (15)  
      Hart County, Georgia (27)  
      Rabun County, Georgia (14)  
      Stephens County, Georgia (81)  
      Jackson County, North Carolina (26)  
      Macon County, North Carolina (30)  
      Transylvania County, North Carolina (41)  
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1South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Bethel Presbyterian ChurchFounded by General Andrew Pickens
Bethel Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in continuous existence in Oconee County, was founded in 1805 by General Andrew Pickens, one of South Carolina’s most notable Revolutionary War heroes. General Andrew Pickens, along with others found . . . Map (db m183264) HM
2South 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
3South 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
4South 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
5South 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
6South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Issaqueena FallsDramatic 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
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7South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Issaqueena FallsDramatic Cascades of the Upcountry
The Legend Tradition relates that the waterfall is named for Issaqueena, a Creek maiden captured by the Cherokee. Of the many legends, the most popular, based on Rev. J.W. Daniels' 1898 poem, “Cateechee of Keowee,” told how Issaqueena was . . . Map (db m185423) HM
8South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — John A. Wagener Monument1850-1900
[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
9South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — 37-9 — Newberry College1868-1877
[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
10South 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
11South 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
12South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Oconee Heritage CenterBringing 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
13South 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
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14South 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
15South 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
16South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Patriot's Hall: Oconee Veterans MuseumLest 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
17South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
[Listed from north to south] Oconee Located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Oconee County is known for nature-based activities such as boating, birding, backpacking, and camping Pickens Pickens County has many beautiful . . . Map (db m185421) HM
18South 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
19South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Stumphouse Mountain TunnelThe 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
20South 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
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21South 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
22South 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
23South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — Walhalla
"Garden of the Gods" Gateway to the Blue RidgeMap (db m13987) HM
24South Carolina (Oconee County), Walhalla — War Between the States1861-1865
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
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Oct. 3, 2022