The Oconee Heritage Center has updated the museum's permanent exhibit space, highlighting the "Chattooga Canoe", a 32-1/2 foot dugout canoe carbon dated from the late 1700s.
The canoe has been undergoing preservation at the museum since 2004 and is now out of the tank and in a newly built display case inside the exhibit area. It is truly a remarkable piece of Oconee history.
A second canoe was "rescued" from the Keoqwee River
in 2008 and is being restored in a tank next to the Chattoga
Watch video of both canoe rescues
Located in Walhalla, South Carolina, the Oconee Heritage Center (OHC) brings history back to life through museum exhibits, educational programs, festivals and much more. The OHC is housed in the historic Tobacco Warehouse (1892) and first opened in 2004.
Visitors explore the history of Native Americans, Immigration, Railroads, New Deal Programs, Textile Mills, Agriculture and much more as it relates to Oconee County. The museum offers a self-guided tour through time of Oconee’s history even long before it became a county. Popular exhibits include the Dugout Canoes being preserved within the museum, a walk-in Stump House Tunnel exhibit and a Depression Era Tenant Farmer’s House.The OHC is truly a community-supported endeavor and we invite everyone to join the effort by becoming a member, volunteering and donating artifacts.
General Store Museum in Westminster
126 Main Street, Westminster, SC;
Hours: Friday 10am - 1pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
The General Store Museum houses the contents of England’s General Merchandise Store that were originally purchased by the Westminster Area Historical Preservation Society and then donated to OHC in 2007. The building was donated by Lee and Joyce Barrett and has been renovated over the past few years.
Oconee Heritage Center
|123 Browns Square Drive
P.O. Box 395
Walhalla, SC 29691
A 501(C)3 non-profit organization.
All donations are tax deductible
Hours of Operation
|Thursday and Friday, 12-6pm;
Saturday 10am-3pm and by appointment.