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Oolenoy Community Center – Pumpkintown, South Carolina


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If the Oolenoy Community Center in Pickens County reminds you of an old schoolhouse, that’s because it was. Built in 1918, the center is the heart of Pumpkintown, serving up Friday night bluegrass music on its bandstand around back and hosting the annual Pumpkin Festival each October.

Oolenoy Community Center

Esther Fogle of Powdersville, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The name Oolenoy, given to the nearby river and valley, is derived from Woolenoy. In 1743 Cornelius Keith, a settler from Virginia, moved to this area with his family. They were the first white people to live here. Keith formed a treaty with local Cherokee Chief Woolenoy, who had declared this mountainous Elysium the “Land of Grain and Clear Water.” Over time, the chief’s name was altered to Oolenoy, and the area’s natural formations were named in his honor.

Oolenoy Community Center Pickens

Esther Fogle of Powdersville, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Oolenoy Community Center


Contributor Esther Fogle shares this about the Oolenoy Community Center: “The Oolenoy Community Center and surrounding area is the home of the annual Pumpkintown Festival. This sleepy little Pickens County community comes alive with good food, arts and crafts, and entertainment the second Saturday each October. The center itself, built in 1918, abounds with historical pictures of the former elementary school.”

Oolenoy Community Center Info


Address: 5301 Dacusville Highway, Pumpkintown, SC 29671

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The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Oolenoy Community Center, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


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