Community Spotlight: Blairsville

The place for entertainment in the mountains…

Discover the perfect mountain town for your next visit to beautiful North Georgia.  Blairsville has the energy of contemporary life for your stay that includes wonderful food, wineries, lodging, crafts, and shopping, combined with a tradition of festivals, vibrant music, historical and scenic attractions for recreational activities.

Union County was originally carved from Cherokee County during the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832 in which many Scotch-Irish settled. The mountainous terrain seemed familiar to them as they worked to establish farms.  Blairsville, was incorporated in 1835 and was named for Frank (Francis Preston) “Blair”, who was a Washington, D.C. newspaper editor and the courthouse was constructed in the center of town.

The Old Courthouse now serves as the Historical Society and is a museum of local history for the area. Visitors enjoy hearing the nightly bell music from the tower and various concerts on Friday nights held May – October.   Just past this is the Mountain Life Museum, that replicates life in the early days and open to the public on weekends.

To bring back that old-time feeling of the first settlers, Lads & Lassies are welcome to experience the 15th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games held June 9 & 10 at Meeks Park.  This event is ranked one of the Top Twenty Events for the Southeastern Tourism Association. Come for Family Fun as Scottish Clans provide information, see the Pipe & Drum Bands, Parade of the Tartans, Historical Re-enactors, & atheletes  for Highland Games. Music includes Bagpipe & Fiddle workshops plus Dancing to learn a jig or two.  Free activities include the Children’s Games. Come try traditional food such as haggis, bridies, and scones. Saturday morning kicks off with a Gaelic Gallop 5 K & 1Mile Fun Run across from Meeks Park.

Other entertainment activities during the year include  Butternut Creek Arts & Craft Festival, Green Bean Festival, A Taste of the Mountains, Mountain Heritage Festival that are held various times in the Summer.

In the Fall, Vogel State Park, Woody Gap’s Indian Summer, & the Blairsville Sorghum Festival are very popular with visitors.

The peaceful scenic beauty of the Blairsville and Union County can still be experienced throughout valleys, including other recreational areas such as Lake Nottely and two other smaller lakes.  Winfield Scott located off Hwy. 180 and  Lake Trahlyta,  that   also has a waterfall in Vogel State Park.  All lakes have beautiful settings that feature campsites, fishing, hiking, and enjoyment of the wildlife.  Adventurers can also explore the  petroglyphs left by ancient natives in the soapstone at Trackrock Archeological Area, just east of Blairsville.

Other Historical sites include  The Reece Farm & Heritage Center is the homestead of the famous poet Byron Herbert Reece.  Hwy. 180 takes visitors to the tallest point in Georgia of Brasstown Bald or you can drive the breathtaking Richard Russell Scenic Hwy. The 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes across Blood Mountain, on Hwy. 129 where the Walasi Yi Center, built in 1937, shows a panorama of  breathtaking scenery.

Stay a while to enjoy all the entertainment that Blairsville has to offer, including numerous lodging facilities. Many Cabins, offer spa services, wineries, horseback riding, golfing, day trips, wonderful food, shopping and nearby attractions.