Walhalla, South Carolina

Walhalla, South Carolina
Oconee County Courthouse
Oconee County Courthouse
Location in Oconee County and the state of South Carolina.
Location in Oconee County and the state of South Carolina.
Coordinates: 34°46′2″N 83°3′52″W / 34.76722°N 83.06444°W / 34.76722; -83.06444Coordinates: 34°46′2″N 83°3′52″W / 34.76722°N 83.06444°W / 34.76722; -83.06444
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyOconee
Area
 • Total3.95 sq mi (10.22 km2)
 • Land3.88 sq mi (10.06 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation
1,033 ft (315 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total4,263
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
4,472
 • Density1,151.09/sq mi (444.43/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29691
FIPS code45-74095[3]
GNIS feature ID1230451[4]
WebsiteWalhalla, 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.[5]

The population was 4,263 at the 2010 census. The current mayor of Walhalla is Danny Edwards.[6]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
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  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "Mayor - City of Walhalla". City of Walhalla. Retrieved 2012-05-24.