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Oconee County

Oconee County is named for the Native American Hitichi Creek word meaning “land of springs” and the name was picked up from the Yuchi Tribe which resided in the region.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jackson County, North Carolina and Transylvania County, North Carolina

E – Pickens County

S – Anderson County, Hart County, Georgia and Franklin County, Georgia

W – Stephens County, Georgia, Habersham County, Georgia and Rabaun County, Georgia

 

Created:  January 29, 1868                    Map of South Carolina highlighting Oconee County

County Seat: 

Walhalla  1868 – present

 

County Courthouse – Walhalla 

 

Location:  205 West Main Street / South Tugaloo Street

Built:  1999 – 2001

Style:  Modern

Architect:  FJ Clarke Incorporated

Contractor:  M B Kahn Construction Company Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a five story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wahalla. The building has a rounded central section on the first and second stories having a glassed entrance. The central section rises to a peak with vertical concrete bands between the window sections. On the east and west are similar protruding sections with vertical dividers. Dark red colored  brick faces the base of the building. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit.

 

Old County Courthouse – Walhalla 

 

 

Location:  209 West Main Street / South Church Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Bissett, Carlisle & Wolff of Columbia

Contractor:  Gilbert Construction Company of Augusta, Georgia

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story brick, concrete and stone structure. The building sits on a rise in the center of Wahalla on the west side of the courthouse. The entrance with glass panels above, is along the west side of the north front. Vertical concrete dividers separate the vertical windows. The building stands empty.

 

See:  The 10th Judicial Circuit includes Anderson County,

 

History:  The first courthouse was a two story wood structure designed and constructed by Mr. Reid and Mr. Wilson in Wahalla at a cost of $8000. The courthouse was remodeled in 1901 with the architect being E H McCollough and the contractor being Queen & Garrison who won the contract for brick and woodwork for a total of $2,725.00, while C H Mayhew won the contract for cement work at $1,775.00. The second courthouse was constructed in 1955 to 1956. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1999 to 2001.

 

 

County Courthouse – Wahalla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Walhalla

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008 and 2013