provides a majestic view, beautiful fresh water lakes, and
History - Beneath Lake Keowee lies memories of the once
fertile and prosperous Keowee Valley. The Valley was lush
with abundant wildlife and feed by the mighty Keowee River.
However, this valley was also home to over 400 Cherokee
Indians at there capital, Keowee Village, on the banks of
the Keowee River. It was once noted that in 1721 that 450
Cherokees lived at the village consisting of 168 men, 155
women and 127 children. The centerpiece of the village was a
council house where social events and meetings took place.
The council house was a doomed type structure held up by
large timbers. This and other structures were usually
located on higher ground since near the river there were
always chances of it flooding. The residences houses were
normally located further away from the council house. These
residences were built of a series of upright posts, clay and
thatch. Normally, only one family would live in a home. In
1753 the South Carolina governor, James Glen, began the
construction of Fort Prince George to protect the Cherokees
from the French. It was believed the Cherokee would be a
valuable to trade with so the Governor wanted to protect the
interest of South Carolina. Because of this deep and
interesting history extensive archaeological excavations
were done at the site of Keowee Village and Fort Prince
George in the 18 months prior to flooding the Keowee Valley.
It was discovered the fort included numerous buildings, a
palisade, earthen walls and a dried out mote. The entire
fort was excavated except for the mote area which only had
some sampling. During the excavations three skeletons were
found that were thought to be Native Americans.
Local Information - Located in the “Golden Corner” of the
Upstate, our residents on Lake Keowee live in an area
unparalleled to any other. Nestled in the foothills of the
Blue Ridge Mountains with over 400,000 acres of undisturbed
forests, and 350 miles of shoreline you will be hard pressed
to find any other like this any where else. With only about
¼ of the lake developed, the natural beauty of the lake
emerges. Leisure activities are seemingly endless at Lake
Keowee. Swimming, fishing, boating, camping, kayaking and
hiking just a few of the activities you may enjoy. At the
near by Chattooga river, white water rafting is just a few
miles away. For the sports advocate in your life there is
Clemson University, only 7 miles away with its NCAA sporting
events. Lake Keowee is known for being one of the cleanest
and safest lakes in South Carolina, so you and your family
can enjoy the water without the worry.
Once you arrive you will know that this is the place for you
the toughest part will be deciding which community to call
home. There is something for every taste, and price point.
Begin today enjoying this gift we call life.
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