Union County Historical Society
"Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow"

Welcome to the Union County Historical Society in Blairsville, GA

The Union County Historical Society was created in 1976 to preserve and promote the history and culture of Union County. This non-profit organization is funded primarily through memberships and donations. The Historical Society uses these proceeds to preserve the historic heritage of Union County. We Maintain three historic structures within Union County - the 1899 Courthouse, the 1906 Grapelle Butt Mock House, and the 1861 John Payne Cabin. We also present cultural and educational programs and events such as our musical concert series and the Mountain Heritage Festival.

Old Courthouse Museum

Old Courthouse Museum picture

The historic Union County Courthouse was built in 1899. The building was designed by J.W. Golucke, a noted courthouse architect of the day. The courthouse suffered years of neglect and was in disrepair from the 1920's. It was condemned in the 1970's but was saved from demolition by the Union County Historical Society. Since then it has been restored and maintained by the Union County Historical Society along with several other preservation projects and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Museum Exhibits

Mountain Life Museum

Mountain Life Museum picture

The Mountain Life Museum is located one block south of the Old Courthouse at the intersection of Cleveland Street and School Street. The Mountain Life Museum consists of several historic buildings; the Mock House and the Civil War-era Payne Cabin, barn, corn-crib and smithy.

Museum Exhibits
courthouse picture

Old Courthouse Museum

  • Open January - April:
  • Monday - Friday
  • 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

  • Open May - December:
  • Monday - Friday
  • 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
  • Saturday:
  • 11 A.M. - 3 P.M.

Mountain Life Museum

  • Open May - December
  • 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
  • Thursday - Saturday

Admission is free at both museums.
A small donation is always appreciated for museum upkeep.

Educational tours for school classes are always welcome.
Please Contact us to setup a tour.

Contact us at

  • Union County Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 35, Blairsville GA, 30512
  • E-Mail: history1@windstream.net
  • Phone: (706) 745 - 5493

Join the Union County Historical Society!

Join Us Today!

We always need volunteers!
To contribute, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at:
history1@windstream.net or
(706) 745-5493

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