History on the Square
Located on the Square in downtown Blairsville, the Romanesque brick and granite Historic Union County Courthouse was built in 1899. The building was designed by J.W. Golucke, a noted courthouse architect of the day. After the business offices were moved to a newer location, the courthouse suffered years of neglect. It was saved from demolition in 1976 by the Union County Historical Society. Since then it has been restored and maintained, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the building serves as a local and historic history museum. In addition, free Friday night concerts of bluegrass, country and gospel music are held in the restored courtroom from May through October.
The Union County Historical Society oversees the Historic Courthouse, as well as the famed Margarita Morgan Miniature Collection, a restored law office, and the Mountain Life Museum including the Payne Cabin. The nonprofit organization maintains three historic structures within Union County, and presents cultural and educational programs and events, including the annual Mountain Heritage Festival.
Located in the center of the square in downtown Blairsville.