Walhalla is a city in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. It is located 16 miles (26 km) from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. The population was 3,801 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Oconee County. The current mayor of Walhalla is Randy Chastain. Walhalla began as a settlement of German immigrants who left from Hamburg, Germany and Bavaria with some English, Scots and Irish who came over in the same ship. In particular, General John A. Wagener, Claus Bullwinkel, John C. Henckel, Jacob Schroder, and Christopher F. Seeba (trustees of the German Colonization Society of Charleston) bought 17,859 acres (72.27 km) of land for $27,000 from Reverend Joseph Grisham of West Union on December 24, 1849.