Issaqueena Falls

Issaqueena Falls (HM97N)

Location: Walhalla, SC 29691 Oconee County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 48.483', W 83° 7.219'

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Dramatic Cascades of the Upcountry

The Legend
Local stories about thus site involve variations from the poem, "Cateechee of Keowee,' a story of love and adversity penned by J.W. Daniels, A.M., in 1898. The following is a summary of Rev. Daniels' poem, which thrust Issaqueena in immortality.

This beautiful waterfall is named for a Creek maiden called Issaqueena. There are many legends about Issaqueena. The most popular story tells how as a girl Issaqueena was captured by the Cherokee and given the name Cateechee. As a young woman she met and fell in love with a white trader named Allan Francis. One day she overheard a plan by the Cherokee to attack the settlements on the frontier. To warn her lover, she found a swift pony and rode 96 miles to his trading fort. As she traveled, Issaqueena named the landmarks she crossed on her way — Six mile Mountain, twelve Mile River, Eighteen Mile Creek, and others on her way to her final destination at Fort Ninety-Six.

Fearing retribution from the Cherokees, Issaqueena remained with Allan, eventually marrying him. In time, she, Allan, and their newborn baby moved back to Stumphouse Mountain where they built their home.

One day, the Cherokee Chief, angered with the white settlers, sent his warriors to capture Issaqueena. Issaqueena saw them coming and ran toward the waterfall to escape capture. Knowing that the Cherokee believed evil spirits lived in waterfalls, she pretended to leap to her death. She hid on the ledge below the top of the waterfall where she remained until it was safe to rejoin her family. Her dramatic escape began the legend of Issaqueena Falls.
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HM NumberHM97N
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: South Carolina Heritage Corridor series
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Placed BySouth Carolina Heritage Corridor
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 3:21am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 306051 N 3853805
Decimal Degrees34.80805000, -83.12031667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 48.483', W 83° 7.219'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 48' 28.98" N, 83° 7' 13.14" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1500 Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail, Walhalla SC 29691, US
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