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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
canoe.

Watch video of both canoe rescues

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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.

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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.


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Oconee Heritage Center

123 Browns Square Drive
P.O. Box 395
Walhalla, SC 29691
(864) 638-2224
info@oconeeheritagecenter.org
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.
Admission is free. A $3 per person donation is suggested.
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Oconee Heritage Center
is excited to host special guest John Williams on
Thursday, May 8th at
7pm for a program to discuss the folkways of South Carolina's textile mill villages.

Dr. John R. Williams has been a professor of English for twenty-five years at Spartanburg Methodist College. He is the author of numerous papers and articles, a major contributor to Our Appalachia: An Oral History as well as to Usable Pasts: Traditions and Group Expressions in North America. He has a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and a M.A. in Literature from the University of Kentucky.

Following his presentation, Oconee Heritage Center staff will provide an overview of our own efforts to preserve the history of Oconee's textile mill areas. Those wishing to set up oral history recording sessions will be able to do so at this time.

This program is made possible by a grant from The Humanities Council.




OnCell Quest Mobile App

The OnCell Quest is a mobile app that helps you explore Oconee County's historic sites. It's like a scavenger hunt with clues that guide you to 10 historic sites around Oconee County.
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Check out the regular and special events at OHC!

Attention OHC book lovers! A new local history book is now avaialble.
Westminster, South Carolina, A History 1875-1983 Details



So you want to donate an artifact?
Please read our donation policy, complete the form and send it to OHC prior to bringing items to OHC.



Geiser No. 4 separator grain thresher made in 1869
Old Thresher
Look for the Geiser No. 4 at county events such as the Foothills Heritage Fair.

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Young Appalachian Musicians - YAM


Shake up this fall with music lessons at OHC! Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo!

Lessons offered through the Oconee branch of YAM for students of all ages! For only $60 students receive six lessons with quality instructors! Instruments are available for $25.
Young Musicians
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OHC depends on community support to
preserve our heritage