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Blairsville in Union County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Union County

 
 
Union County Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
1. Union County Marker
Inscription.  Union County was created by Act of Dec. 3, 1832 from Cherokee. Originally, it contained part of Fannin and Towns Counties. In 1832 there was much discussion over Union and States’ rights. John Thomas, chosen by the people as a representative for the new County, when asked to suggest a name, is reported to have said, “Name it Union, for none but union-like men reside in it.” First officers of Union County, commissioned March 20, 1833 were: James Crow, Sheriff; Arthur Gilbert, Clerk Superior Court; Joseph Jackson, Clerk Inferior Court; James Gaddis, Sr., Coroner; Joseph Chaffin, Surveyor.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 144-5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law EnforcementNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 34° 52.551′ N, 83° 57.508′ W. Marker is in Blairsville, Georgia, in Union County. Marker is at the
Old Union County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
2. Old Union County Courthouse
The north face of the Old Union County Courthouse, built in 1900. Two earlier courthouses, built in 1833 and 1860, both burned. A new courthouse was built in 1978, and in 1985 the old courthouse was converted to a museum for the Union County Historical Society.
intersection of Cleveland Street (U.S. 19) and Blue Ridge Street, in the median on Cleveland Street. The marker stands on the south side of the courthouse square, by the Old Union County Courthouse. The Old Courthouse is now a museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blairsville GA 30512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Track Rock Gap (approx. 4.6 miles away); Byron Herbert Reece (approx. 7.1 miles away); Brasstown Bald (approx. 8.3 miles away); Davenport Mountain (approx. 9.8 miles away); Blood Mountain (approx. 10 miles away); John C. Campbell Folk School (approx. 11.3 miles away in North Carolina); a different marker also named John C. Campbell Folk School (approx. 11.3 miles away in North Carolina); Hogpen Gap (approx. 12.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blairsville.
 
Also see . . .  Union County. The county maintains a web site (with a slide show of county scenes). (Submitted on July 25, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 890 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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