History of Walhalla

The City of Walhalla is located in the Upstate of South Carolina with a rich heritage and today serves as the county seat of Oconee County.

In 1850, a group of immigrants from northern Germany arrived in Charleston and were unable to find land that suited their pocketbook or their idea of home.  They formed the German Colonization Society led by General John A. Wagener and found what they were looking for here, in the “garden of the gods”.

Today, Walhalla is a charming southern town with historical homes, churches and the beautifully restored depot and Walhalla Civic Auditorium. With local shops, cafes, eateries and tree-lined streets, Walhalla is a delightful city to explore on foot.

Each October, Walhalla honors our German heritage with the annual Oktoberfest, presented by a local non-profit.  With events for children, families, and adults, Oktoberfest is a special time of fun for the whole community and the visitors who come from near and far.

Walhalla is located just minutes away from the wide variety of activities Oconee County and the surrounding areas have to offer, including an abundance of hiking and mountain biking trails, numerous waterfalls, Stumphouse Mountain Park, the Chattooga River, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson University and more.

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