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WEL C OME  Welcome to

               Blairsville-Union County!

               FROM STEVE ROWE

                          hat is the               The people and natural serenity aren’t
                          overwhelming             the only things that make Union
                Wreason we hear                    County great. We have world-class
               that people fall in love with       healthcare options, a state-leading
                                                   public school system, a thriving arts
               Blairsville-Union County?           and cultural scene, and parks and
               It’s the people. Many of our newer   recreational facilities bigger towns
               residents’ stories start with a vacation, a   would envy. You may enjoy all of this
               visit with a friend or family member, or   knowing we have one of the lowest
               even a day trip.                    property tax rates in the state and an
                                                   affordable cost of living.
                                                   Entrepreneurs love Union County
                                                   because of the simplicity of doing
                                                   business. Our business community
                                                   is helpful and well connected, both
                                                   personally and technologically. We
                                                   enjoy some of the best broadband   Stay in one of our mountain cabins   to Sunrise Grocery for some of their
                                                   coverage in the region and can support   and visit the Reece Farm & Heritage   famous boiled peanuts.
                                                   businesses both small and large with a   Center, the Mountain Life Museum,   Sip wine from one of our fabulous
                                                   wide range of infrastructure.    and Historic Courthouse. Make a visit   wineries, and if you are more

                                             Union County delegates
                           Blairsville, named either for   vote against Georgia’s   After the first paved road
          Gold is discovered,   Revolutionary War veteran James Blair or   secession from the United   is completed in 1926,   The Tennessee Valley Authority dams the Nottely
         attracting white settlers   journalist and presidential advisor Frances   States, but Georgia   the Civilian Conservation   River to create Lake Nottely for hydroelectric
         to the Cherokee territory.   Blair, is named the Union County seat by   secedes regardless.   Corps builds structures   power and flood control.   The Zell Miller Mountain   After former Governor Zell
         It is said to be the purest   the Georgia General Assembly.  Like many mountain   The Union County   at Vogel State Park, Lake   Miller’s pledge to bring a
         gold of the North Georgia            communities, Union   Courthouse is rebuilt a   Winfield Scott, and Walasi-Yi   The U.S. government creates   Parkway, Ga. Highway   postsecondary institution
                                                                                                                515, is completed,
            Gold Rush.                         County is a mix of   third time after burning in   Interpretive Center. The   the Chattahoochee National   within 40 miles of every
                    Union County is created   Union supporters and      Appalachian Trail is also   Forest that conserves nearly   directly connecting
                                                                                                                               Georgian, North Georgia
                    during the Georgia Land   Confederate supporters.   1898. Today it houses the   completed in the 1930s.  867,000 acres.  the North Georgia   Technical College – formerly
                     Lottery after the U.S.                Union County Historical                              Mountains to Atlanta
                    removes the Cherokee                   Society and museum.                                                 North Georgia Technical   Looking forward to
                    Nation from their lands.                                                                                   Institute – opens its   2035 – Blairsville
                                                                                                                                Blairsville campus.    celebrates 200 years!
                                                          UNION   C OUNT Y   TIMELINE
          1820s         1832        1835         1861         1899        1930s        1937         1942         1991         1998          2035

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