Oconee County Public Library Brings Downloadable Local History to the Community


The Oconee County Public Library has recently made available a downloadable e-book collection of historic documents owned by the library.

This content can be found in the OCPL's 24/7 digital OverDrive collection, accessible through the library's website at www.oconee.lib.sc.us, or directly at oconee.lib.overdrive.com. Content can be downloaded onto personal computers or other compatible devices for a lending period of 14 days.

Most of the local content that has been added to the collection was edited by well-known local historian Margaret Mills Seaborn, and covers such topics as Historic Oconee Station, the first German settlers who founded the city of Walhalla, and travels of famed naturalist William Bartram.

The collection also contains historic maps and photographs of places in Oconee County, SC. OCPL partnered with the South Carolina State Library to digitize these titles.

The collection contains the following titles:

Oconee Station in Oconee County, South Carolina - Overview of the history of Oconee Station in present-day Oconee County, South Carolina; Features numerous photographs, plats, surveys, and historical maps.

John Lyon's Journal: Travels in Oconee County, South Carolina - Scottish Botanist John Lyon's journal documenting travels through present day Oconee County, South Carolina in 1799-1814; Features historical maps and photographs of historical sites and natural features.

Benjamin Hawkins's Journeys through Oconee County, South Carolina, in 1796-1797 - Benjamin Hawkins's path through Oconee County, South Carolina in 1796-1797.

German Colony Protocol -- book of the minutes of the German Colonization Society of Charleston, South Carolina, founders of the town of Walhalla.

Andre Michaux's Journeys in Oconee County, South Carolina in 1787 and 1788 - French Botanist Andre Michaux's travels in present day Oconee County, South Carolina in 1787 and 1788; Features maps marking Cherokee towns and other historical locations; Includes numerous pictures of natural and historical sites and plants noted in Michaux's journal.

Travels of William Bartram - The travels of William Bartram through present day Oconee County, South Carolina.

For more information, contact Philip Cheney, Director, at 864-638-4133 or pcheney@oconeesc.com.