A History of the Fourth Union County Courthouses 1858–2009
by Darrel Dexter
The over-150-year-old Union County courthouse is also important to the social history of the county. The courthouse was not only used to conduct court and provide offices for county officials, but has also been used for community meetings, concerts, political rallies, and other nongovernmental functions. Civil War soldiers were temporarily housed in the building in 1862. In December 1920, over 200 people attended a meeting of the Union County Cedar Tree Association, which was held at the courthouse. Other meetings have attracted even more people to the courthouse.
The connection the structure has to the people of Union County is what, makes the building so historically important. The courthouse provides a link from the earliest pioneers who walked through its doors to present citizens of the county. No other building in Union County provides such a strong connection to the past- for so many citizens. Although the size and condition of the structure may not sufficiently meet all the current needs of county government, its importance to the history of Union County is immense.
The Official County Seal
Jones had been holding a remarkable series of meetings, and Wolf and he met, shook hands, and agreed to hold or continue the meeting, the two joining in the work, and calling it a Union meeting. This was held in what is now the southeast portion of the county. The seal illustrating this historic incident in the county was designed and adopted by the County Commissioners in 1850, and it was, it is said, the suggestion of Gov. Dougherty. The meeting of these pioneer preachers that thus became historical, probably occurred about 1816 or 1817.