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Downtown Blairsville
B“Meet me on the Square!”
lairsville’s historic Town Square has been the hub
of community life since the time of hitching posts and “market days.” Today, the Square hums with new life as locals and visitors alike gather for holiday celebrations, festivals, car shows and concerts.
Constructed in 1899, the beautifully renovated Romanesque revival-style Historic Union County Courthouse that anchors the Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Maintained by the Union County Historical Society, the building now
You’ll Love What We Have in Store!
Stroll downtown Blairsville or roam Union County and you’ll find incredible gifts and delicious meals waiting around every corner. Love browsing antiques or shopping for rustic treasures? We’ve got ’em! Our galleries brim with beautiful works, and our boutiques carry the latest fashions. You’ll even find the perfect souvenir to take home. When you’re hungry after a day of hiking, you can choose from a locally-sourced break- fast to a down-home “meat-and-three,” an artfully pre- pared Italian meal or even fresh-cooked seafood.
But it’s usually the friendly hometown “hello” of shop- keepers that makes shopping and dining such a memo- rable experience. Most downtown businesses are also decidedly pet-friendly, setting out water bowls (and
the occasional doggy biscuit) for four-legged visitors!
Pick Your Path
Take a relaxing amble along Butternut Creek or Aa multi-day hike on the famed Appalachian Trail.
round here, there’s a trail for everyone — from dog-
walkers and kids on training wheels to long-distance backpackers and mountain bikers. Just a mile west
of downtown, Meeks Park is home to more than 4.5 miles of groomed, mostly level trails. Nature lovers and photographers will enjoy the gentle .5-mile Sose- bee Cove Trail off GA 180, which takes you through
a second-growth forest. Other easy area hikes include
  Friday nights from May through October, the Historic Courthouse comes alive with performers who play and sing in the Appalachian style. Admission is free.
houses a military museum and minia- ture dollhouse col- lection, and is the site of a weekly summer concert series.
 Appalachian Trail
     The Square is enjoying something of a rebirth as
a new generation of inspired restaurateurs and mer- chants add their vision to an ever-expanding collection of unique shops, galleries and eateries. But despite all the new energy, there’s no need to rush. Grab a seat on one of the benches ringing the square and let the stee- ple clock set the pace to a slower time!
   Downtown Blairsville
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