About This Place
Blairsville is a city in Union County, Georgia, United States. The population was 659 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Union County.
Blairsville has a rich history of gold, Cherokee Indians, and early settlers. Although the neighboring city of Dahlonega, GA was well known for the first site of gold in the United States, Blairsville and the surrounding area was known to have the purest gold in the mountains. In the late 18th century two families settled in the area: the Collins Family, and the Dyer Family. Many houses from the early 19th century still stand, or have been moved/or restored in another area of the county to help with preservation. Blairsville's town square is home to the original courthouse, several local businesses, the Seasons Inn Motel, and a local old diner called the "Hole In The Wall".
At the top of the state of Georgia lies Union County, named after the Union Party who strongly supported President Andrew Jackson for his policy of Indian removal. On Dec. 26, 1835, the Georgia General Assembly designated Union’s county seat in an act that read, “lot No. 273 of the ninth district and first section of, originally Cherokee, now Union county, and at a place now known by the name of Blairsville” (Ga. Laws 1835, p. 113). It is believed that the town was named after Francis P. Blair, who was not only a prominent and influential man of his time but was a strong supporter of the Union Party, for which the county itself had been named. Adjacent towns and counties in the area have similar ties to the Union Party that help to support this connection.