Historic Ballenger House
212 East South Third St., Seneca
864 882-7162

Balanger House

Located in the Seneca Historic District, the Ballenger House is a reminder of a different time when southern hospitality reigned and life moved at a gentler pace. The house is surrounded by gardens, gracious oaks and dogwoods.

The Seneca Woman's Club owns and operates the Ballenger House as a meeting place for various local clubs and gives tours by appointment and free of charge. The facility is also available for rent for weddings and other special events. Call (864) 882-7162.

The Ballenger House is a designated site on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.

The Lunney House Museum
211 West North First St., Seneca
864 882-4811
Open Thursday-Sunday, 1-5pm
Tours available by appointment
Several special events are held througout the year.

Lunny Museum Exterior

The Lunney House was built in 1909 and called "Shady Oaks" upon completion.

Today, The Lunney House is owned and operated by the City of Seneca and retains its original character, making it a fascinating glimpse into a time gone by.

The Lunney house is on the National Historical Register and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor

The Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum
208 West South 2nd Street
Seneca, SC

The museum sits adjacent to the Lunney House Museum. Both the Strickland Museum and the Lunney House Museum are owned by the City of Seneca.

The Oconee Heritage Center
123 Browns Square Dr., Walhalla
864 638-2224

Heritage Center Interior

The idea for the Heritage Center started in 1999 when a group of teachers took a number of students on a field trip to Atlanta and wondered why they had to go all the way to Atlanta to look at the area’s Heritage. That idea evolved into a non-profit organization that eventually leased the current building from the county and opened its doors in October 2004.

Heritage Center Interior 2

There are plans for more exhibits in the future. One idea currently in the planning stage is to establish a living history Farmstead Project populated with authentic buildings from the 1800’s where volunteers in period dress would portray life as it was in that day.

The Oconee Heritage Center is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by special appointment. For more information call 864 638-2224.

Patriots Hall
13 Short St., Walhalla
864 972-8173

Patriots Hall

Located in the Old Rock Building, Patriot's Hall is a Veteran's Museum dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of our veterans. There are approximately 8,000 veterans in Oconee County with one in three families having a veteran in the household.

Patriots Hall SignThe Museum is open on Saturday from 10 - 3 or by appointment.
Call A. J. Smith, board president, at 864 972-8173 or 864 280-0107.

Seneca's Bell Gallery
221 East North First St. Seneca
864 885-2700

The Bell Gallery "Once Upon A Time" is located in Seneca's City Hall and features historical photography, stained glass windows, city memorabilia and bronze sculptures depicting eras of childhood, offering a unique glimpse into Seneca's past.

The Gallery is featured on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Arts Trail and admission is free.

Blue Ridge Arts Center
111 E. South 2nd St., Seneca
864 882-2722
Blue Ridge Art Center Logo
Housed in Seneca's oldest church structure (circa 1881), BRAC is a gallery displaying area artists and a volunteer organization working to promote the arts. A major project each year is the POP Studio Tour (Pickens-Oconee-Pendleton) held in the spring.

Oconee Community Theatre
8001 Utica St., Seneca
864 882-7700

Oconee Community Theatre
The Oconee Community theatre is a tradition in Oconee County, providing opportunity for everyone to experience live theatre as part of the audience or through performing.

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail
P. O. Box 333, Walhalla
864 723-6603

Heritage Quilt Trail

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail started in 2009 with one quilt block mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla. The concept was enthusiastically embraced by the Upstate and now there are more than 30 quilt panels in Oconee, Anderson and Pickens County

Walhalla Civic Auditorium
101 E. North Broad St., Walhalla
864 638-5277
Walhalla Civic Center

The mission of the Walhalla Civic Auditorium is to provide a first-class facility for performances, conferences and seminars that will enhance the cultural and social life of the area. The variety and quality ot talent that performs here rivals that of a major metropolitan area

Museum of the Cherokee
70 Short St., Walhalla
Email: lutherlyle@bellsouth.net
Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina Rendering
The only Cherokee Museum in the state of South Carolins. It is located across from the Court House. and 1/2 block from Oconee Heritage Center.
Open Saturdays from 10am - 2pm

Westminster Area Historic Preservation Society (WAHPS)
310 Retreat St., Westminster
864 710-6554

WAHPS is dedicated to preserving the history of Westminster, South Carolina. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the organization, please browse the website and contact WAHPS for more information..