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HOURS

Mar.1-Nov. 30, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily. Seasonal hours of operation Dec. 1 - Feb. 28, closed Mon.-Thur. Open F-Su, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Historic structures are open from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sa-Su with guided tours available.

OFFICE

11 a.m. - noon, daily

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ADMISSION

Free admission

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PETS

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

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BY THE NUMBERS

1 stone blockhouse that was once used as an outpost for the SC State Militia

1 historic home, known as the William Richards House

1 fishing pond with bluegill and largemouth bass for catching

1.5 mile nature trail through wildflowers and upcountry wilderness

1 awesome waterfall, Station Cove Falls, at the end of the Nature Trail

4 mile long Oconee Connector Trail that joins Oconee Station with Oconee State Park

210 awesome acres located in Oconee County

Oconee Station State Historic Site

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History & Interpretation

  • Programs and Guided Tours: Park programs are offered throughout the year, including living history weekends that are held at various times. Please check our programs and events listings for more information.

    Oconee Station is also a DiscoverCarolina Site, which provides curriculum-based social studies programs for South Carolina school children.

  • Historic Home: Yes
  • Native American History: The site served as an Indian trading post.

  • Revolutionary War History: Some Revolutionary War fighting took place in the area of Oconee Station.

  • Revolutionary War: Yes
  • Historical Significance: In the late 18th and early 19th century, this small plot of land along South Carolina’s western frontier served as a military compound against attack from the Cherokee and Creek Indians and later served as a trading post.

    The park contains two structures: Oconee Station, a stone blockhouse used as an outpost by the SC State Militia from about 1792 to 1799, and the William Richards House, named for the Irish immigrant who built it in 1805.

    The stone building circa 1792 was built by state militia to protect against Indian raids. It is the only remaining portion of the fort we called Oconee Station. Later it was converted to a kitchen to serve the William Richards house.

    The William Richards House was a residence built in 1805 until his death in 1809. The structure remained a home into the 1960s, and a summer home into the 1970s.

  • National Register of Historic Places: Yes
  • Designation: National Register
  • When & How PRT Acquired: Purchased in 1976 from Edward H. Fearney