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Union County Historical Society

History - Education
Genealogy - Preservation

Events, Genealogical Research, Museum Docent, Preservation Projects



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Our Beginning...


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.


The Old Courthouse on the Square


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.

Hours & Other Helpful Information
Holiday Closures  May 27 and July 4

Old Courthouse Museum

  • Open January - April:  Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm

  • Open May - December: Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm & Saturday, 11am - 3pm

Mountain Life Museum

  • Open May - December:  Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm

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.

Union County Historical Society

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