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WEL C OME                                                                 on Brasstown Bald, gazing at a waterfall,

                                                                                and casting a fly-fishing line in some of the
                                                                                best trout streams around.
                                                                                   Blairsville-Union County is an ideal
                                                                                place to raise a family, start or expand a
                                                                                business, and live and work where you
                                                                                prefer to recreate and retire.
                                                                                   Blairsville has world-class healthcare
                                                                                facilities, a state-leading public school
                                                                                system, a thriving arts and cultural scene,
                                                                                and parks and recreational facilities that
                                                                                some bigger towns wish for. Enjoy it
                                                                                all, knowing we have one of the lowest
                                                                                property tax rates in the state and an
                                                                                affordable cost of living.
                                                                                   Entrepreneurs find a great start
                                                                                here. Our business community is
                                                                                well connected, both personally and
                                                                                technologically. We support businesses
                                                                                both small and large with a wide range
                                                                                of infrastructure.
                                                                                   But it’s the people here who make
                                                                                the difference. Your neighbors are the
                                                                                schoolteachers, doctors, lawyers, and
         Welcome                                                                linemen who make this community
                                                                                whole. We hope you will join us and weave
                                                                                yourself into the fabric of our community.
        I  n Blairsville, we often say it is the   where you’re guaranteed to have a good
                                                                                Welcome to Blairsville, Georgia.

                                            time; Heritage Festival; Butternut Creek
           mountains and waterfalls that attract
           visitors to Blairsville but it’s the people
                                            anniversary of our beloved Blairsville
        that keep them coming back. Yet, one   Festival; and can you believe it: the 55th
        thing that can never be overempha-  Sorghum Festival! We’re one of the few
        sized is our high quality of life, from   destinations where you can saw a log, enter
        festivals to the outdoors, our new winery   the seed-spitting contest, jam out to the
        and distilleries, quality healthcare to   latest bands, or join us for the Sorghum
        business opportunities.             Square Dance.
           Our many festivals include the Think      And then there’s our more reflective   Steve Rowe
                                                                                   President/CEO – Blairsville-Union County
        Mountain Music & Moonshine Festival   side: the solitude of Georgia’s highest peak   Chamber of Commerce

                   The Georgia General
                 Assembly names Blairsville   The Civilian Conservation Corps builds   The Tennessee Valley
                 the Union County seat. The   structures at Vogel State Park, Lake   Authority dams the   North Georgia Technical
                  town is named either for    Winfield Scott, and the Walasi-Yi   Nottely River to create   College opens its
      Gold is discovered!   Revolutionary War veteran   Union County delegates                Blairsville campus.     Blairsville celebrates
                                                                           Lake Nottely for
      White settlers flock to   James Blair or journalist   vote against Georgia’s   Interpretive Center on the Appalachian   hydroelectric power   200 years!
      the Cherokee territory   and presidential advisor   secession from the United   Trail. The Appalachian Trail is completed.
     for what is said to be the   Frances Blair.  States, but Georgia   The U.S. government   and flood control.   The Zell Miller Mountain
     purest gold of the North   secedes regardless.   The Union County   creates the   Parkway, GA Highway   55th anniversary of
      Georgia Gold Rush.        Like many mountain   Courthouse is rebuilt a   Chattahoochee   515, is completed and   the Blairsville Sorghum
                                communities, Union   third time after burning in   National Forest,   connects the North   Festival, our longest
            After the U.S. removes   County is a mix of   1898. Today it houses the   conserving nearly
            the Cherokee Nation from   Union and Confederate   Union County Historical   867,000 acres.   Georgia Mountains   running celebration.
                                                                                      to Atlanta.
            their lands, Union County   supporters.   Society and museum.
             is created during the                    First road is paved
            Georgia Land Lottery.                      in Blairsville.
                                        UNION   C OUNT Y   TIMELINE
      1820s      1832   1835      1861       1899     1926   1930s   1937    1942      1991 1998    2024       2035

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