Walhalla, South Carolina
Oconee County Courthouse
|• Total||3.95 sq mi (10.22 km2)|
|• Land||3.88 sq mi (10.06 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)|
|Elevation||1,033 ft (315 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,151.09/sq mi (444.43/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1230451|
|Website||Walhalla, South Carolina|
Walhalla is a city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. Designated in 1868 as the county seat, it lies within the area of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, an area of transition between mountains and piedmont, and contains numerous waterfalls. It is located 16 miles (26 km) from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
The county was named after Oconee Town, developed here by the ancient Hitchiti, or Oconee people. They were one of the Muskogean-language people who were part of the Muscogee (or Creek) Confederacy. The town was later occupied by the historic Cherokee.
This European-American city was founded after Indian Removal of the Cherokee in 1838. Early residents were predominately German immigrants who had been refugees from the German revolutions of 1848-1849. Some English and Scots-Irish farmers also settled here. During the Reconstruction era, when Oconee County was organized in 1868, the state legislature designated Walhalla as its county seat.
The population was 4,263 at the 2010 census. The current mayor of Walhalla is Danny Edwards.
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