This house is the strongest existing architectural link between the present and Old Pickens. It was built by Pleasant Alexander in 1831, it was located on a plantation at the edge of Old Pickens. From 1828-1868 Old Pickens was the center of government for Pickens District which in 1868 was subdivided into Pickens and Oconee counties.
Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum
Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum is a cultural exhibit museum focusing on the rich, sometimes turbulent history, culture, and contributions of local African-Americans The museum’s exhibits and events blend technology and tradition to create a meaningful and educational experience for all ages. Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum is about people of the past and present whose stories will impact generations.
The rock is recognized as the place where the three states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia meet. Andrew Ellicott’s survey was made in 1811. This rock was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is located in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness.
General Store Museum
Housed in the Barrett-Jones building on Main Street in Westminster, SC, the General Store Museum displays a collection of historic artifacts from the original England’s General Merchandise store. OPEN Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm.
Historic Ballenger House
Circa 1925, a designated site on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. Located in historic downtown Seneca, the house was the residence of the Ballenger family until 1980. It was deeded to the Seneca Woman’s Club to honor three family members who belonged to the philanthropic “Once a Week Club” that originated in 1896 and still meets today. Historic Ballenger House is an ideal venue for weddings, receptions, meetings, showers, parties and reunions.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Lunney Museum was built in 1909 by its original residents Dr. William James and Lillian Mason Lunney. The House is a 1909 Queen Anne style “California” bungalow with arts and crafts interior. The property features a carriage house and "two-seater" outhouse. The museum provides educational content focused on the history of Seneca, the Lunney Family/Home, and rural southern culture. OPEN Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Museum of the Cherokee in SC
Funded through grants and donations, the Museum is open while undergoing an expansion. The site for permanent exhibits of Cherokee artifacts that were donated by Keowee Toxaway State Park. OPEN Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Oconee History Museum
Explore the history of Native Americans, immigration, railroads, New Deal programs, textile mills, agriculture and much more as it relates to Oconee County. The exhibit hall offers a self-guided tour of Oconee's history. In addition to the museum, there is a classroom frequently used by local businesses and social groups for meetings and functions. OPEN Tuesday through Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm. Not-for-profit organization. Free admission/$3 per person donation is encouraged.
Oconee Station State Historic Site
Built around 1792 during tensions between white settlers and Creek Indians, the Oconee Station itself was once one in a string of small frontier posts garnished by state militia. It was the last of its kind when it was decommissioned and the troops left in 1799. Its 20-inch stone walls are still standing today. Also on the site is the William Richards House built in 1805. It served as a private residence for 150 years. Site features picnicking, fishing and trail access to Station Cove Falls.
Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
Listed on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the National Register of Historic Places. This church/meeting house is the only building still standing on the site where the town of Pickens Courthouse was established in 1828. The adjacent cemetery has over 200 graves dating back to 1790.
Patriot’s Hall Veterans Museum
An opportunity for Oconee citizens, their families and visitors, to see how veterans have contributed and sacrificed for our country, the world and our freedom. No charge to visit the museum. OPEN Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ram Cat Alley Historic District
The district is a collection of commercial buildings which reflect the development of the downtown area as the center of commerce in Seneca from ca. 1887 to ca. 1930. Ram Cat Alley was so called because of the tendency of cats to gather around the Fred Hopkins Meat Market which was located on that street in ca. 1908. These days businesses on Ram Cat Alley include: independent boutiques, antique stores and restaurants. Fifteen minutes from Clemson University.
Retreat Rosenwald School
One of 10 Rosenwald schools in Oconee County, and the only one still in existence. The two-room school served rural African-American children from 1924-1950. It was partially funded by the national Rosenwald School Building program. In September 2011 the schol was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located within Stumphouse Park. The Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel was part of the Blue Ridge Railroad project, an 1850s attempt to link the port of Charleston to the cities of the Midwest by rail. The Civil War and subsequent collapse of the state’s economy brought construction to an end and the tunnel was never completed. Family-friendly 1/4 mile walk into the tunnel (flashlight recommended) which maintains a constantly cool 50 degrees. Park picnic shelter nearby.
World of Energy
From learning how electricity is produced to enjoying a picnic along the picturesque shores of Lake Keowee, the World of Energy offers something for everyone. Located at Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca.