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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 House

Charles Payne of Rock Hill, 2016 © 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 Booths

Charles Payne of Rock Hill, 2016 © 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

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

Oolenoy Community Center Info

Address: 5301 Dacusville Highway, Pumpkintown, SC 29671
GPS Coordinates: 34.992858,-82.643405

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2 Comments about Oolenoy Community Center

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 16th, 2014 at 10:14 am

Hi, Colleen! Here is a website that might be able to direct you to someone who can answer your questions about using the facility: Best of luck!

Colleen SchumerNo Gravatar says:
September 16th, 2014 at 9:54 am

We are interested in the possibility of renting this for a family event. Please email me ASAP. Thank you.


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