A weekend in Union County means an opportunity to know the place even better. Walk down the lanes of history and be a part of the fun celebrations that take place almost throughout the year. A nice place to begin exploring the past is the red brick courthouse, a nineteenth century Romanesque building that stands proudly on the center of the town square in Blairsville. It has a white clock tower on its top and is visible from any part of the city. It is also home to the Union County Historical Society and Museum and offers a glimpse into some of the important events of the past.
The history of Union County is incomplete without the Pulitzer Prize nominated poet Byron Herbert Reece who lived and died in this beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains county. His achievements were many and his poetry inspired a number of things including the State of Georgia’s official drama ‘The Reach of Song’. His birthplace homestead, now listed as a registered historical site, and the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Park located near Neel’s Gap, shed light on the life of the poet.
The Blairsville downtown adds a dash of lively entertainment to the region. Many events that can be enjoyed by the entire family take place here. During the annual Blairsville Scottish Festival, which celebrates Scottish tradition with great food, live music, and workshops, the Meeks Park transforms into a fun zone.
Bagpipes and drums hold the main essence of the festival. Kids enjoy it with a lot of activities including miniature golf and train rides. People love to watch Scottish history being brought to life by live demos and re-enactments and those who are interested in knowing about their family heritage can do so at the free genealogy tents.
The connoisseurs of art and culture can have a nice time watching some of the finest exhibitions and art events that take place throughout the year in Union County, North Georgia. The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center organizes many such events in keeping with their mission of transforming the place into an ‘art town’. The lovers of golf can take a break from every day routine and tee off some exciting time at the 18-hole Butternut Creek Golf Course.
The Union County Farmers Market is a nice place to buy not only fresh farm products but also to enjoy some ‘green’ time. Events such as the Green Bean Festival, beauty pageant, and more are organized by the association throughout the year and provide a good source of family fun.
It is difficult to point out one best thing about Union County, in North Georgia. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the fascinating festivals and the warm hospitality, everything comes together to create an experience that have won the hearts of so many people and will continue doing so in years to come.