Oconee Heritage Center

Oconee Heritage Center (HM1818)

Location: Walhalla, SC 29691 Oconee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 45.85', W 83° 4.015'

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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.
HM NumberHM1818
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: South Carolina Heritage Corridor series
Placed BySouth Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:40am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 310836 N 3848836
Decimal Degrees34.76416667, -83.06691667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 45.85', W 83° 4.015'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 45' 51.00" N, 83° 4' 0.90" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 W South Broad St, Walhalla SC 29691, US
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