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The OCPL is a department of Oconee County (SC) government.

VISION STATEMENT: A diverse, growing, safe, vibrant community guided by rural traditions and shaped by natural beauty; where employment, education and recreation offer a rich quality of life for all generations, both today and tomorrow

MISSION STATEMENT:  It is the mission of Oconee County to provide our current and future citizens and visitors quality services and to protect our neighborhoods, heritage and environment by managing growth and change through smart, inclusive planning.

History of Oconee County

Oconee County, located in the northwest corner of South Carolina on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, takes its name from a Cherokee word meaning "land beside the water." The county was formed in 1868 from Pickens District, and the county seat is Walhalla.

This area was home to the Cherokees, but the Indians gave up their lands in treaties signed in 1777 and 1816.

After the American Revolution, settlers from other parts of the state began moving in, including the Germans from Charleston who founded the town of Walhalla in 1850. In 1856, work began on a tunnel for the Blue Ridge Railroad that would have linked Charleston with Knoxville, Tennessee, but the Civil War ended that project; the unfinished Stumphouse Tunnel can still be seen today.

Adapted from the South Carolina Reference Room

Luthern Church
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Walhalla
  Photo courtesy of Jennifer Denney Photography

Area Organizations and Services 

Wild and Scenic Chattooga River Wild and Scenic Chattooga River
  Photo courtesy of

 Oconee County Mountain Lakes CVB logo


Oconee StationVeteran's ParkChattooga River


Photos from left to right:  Oconee Station, courtesy of; Oconee Veterans Park, courtesy of Jennifer Denney Photography; Chattooga River courtesy of