Historical Attractions

In Blairsville-Union County, there are plenty of new things to see and do! Explore an amazing archaeological area.  Hike or ride horses on tons of trails, some which lead to fabulous waterfalls.  Touch, see and hear about our county's history in the halls of our historic courthouse, between the walls of the Walasi Yi Center, or on the rocks within the Chattahoochee National Forest.  Whether you're driving a bucket of balls, pitching tents under the stars, or paddling on our waterways, you'll find many reasons to come back each season to Blairsville-Union County!

Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center

Visit the birthplace and land of inspiration of the renowned Appalachian poet and novelist, Byron Herbert Reece.   Born in 1917, Reece produced an enduring body of poetry and fiction from the sounds and spirits of his north Georgia homeland.  The Farm and Heritage Center allows you to step back in time to a simpler way of life. Tour the farm with the help of a self-guided brochure, walk around the farm in Hub Reece's footsteps, wander through the museum and browse the gift shop.  

Historic Courthouse

Historic Courthouse

Love architecture? Love history? Both elements come alive for you when you visit this Romanesque brick and granite courthouse built in 1899 on the square in downtown Blairsville. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and recently restored, it's now a local history museum, cultural center, and summertime concert hall. 706-745-5493.

Mountain Life Museum

Mountain Life Museum

Explore the local history Mountain Life Museum, consisting of the Historic 1899 Courthouse, the 1906 Butt/Mock Home, the 1861 John Payne Cabin, the c. 1830 Duncan Cabin and a late 1800s Corn Crib.

www.unioncountyhistory.org

Trackrock Archeological Area

Trackrock Archeological Area

Walk a mile in the moccasins of Native Americans within this two-acre area. View preserved petroglyphs of ancient native origin that were carved or pecked into soapstone boulders. You'll marvel at the variety of symbols made by hunters that represent Native American beliefs. Brasstown District Ranger Station - 706-745-6928

www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/conf/recarea/?recid=64871

Walasi Yi Center

Walasi Yi Center 

Cherokee for "Frog Town", at the Walasi Yi Center you can immerse yourself in history at this historical stone structure built by 1937 and located in the Blood Mountain Archeological area. It is the only place where the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made structure. It is currently the first mail-drop available to northbound hikers that does not require one to leave the trail. Mountain Crossings at the Walasi-Yi Center, Inc.

9710 Gainesville Hwy., Blairsville, GA 30512, 706-745-6095. Located on Hwy/ 129 where the Appalachian Trail crosses the road at Neels Gap. Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Oct. 1 -Feb. 28; 8:30-6:00 p.m. March 1-Sept. 30,