Union, South Carolina (population of 8,393, according to the 2010 Census), while a tiny eight square miles in size, is the Union County county seat.
At it’s original founding, the city was known as Unionville, named after the old Union Church, situated not far from Monarch Mill.
The first European settlers in Union, South Carolina came by way of Virginia, all the way back in 1749.
Settlers in the area made their way by growing corn, flax, tobacco and wheat.
The city of Union had its biggest population growth spurt from 1762 and the start of America’s Revolutionary War against the British Crown.
Union, South Carolina was one of the first settlements in the area.
A century later it made it through the Civil War unscathed thanks to the flooding of the Broad River, which put a temporary stop to the advancement of Sherman’s troops.
The flooding forced them away from the town and toward another route through the South.
Union has a unique way of keeping its history and heritage alive. It’s where Boogaloo Folk Life Productions is located.
Each year Boogaloo Folk Life puts on an historical community project. It gathers up recollections of historical events from the locals and then uses them to put on a play.
Interestingly, back in 2009, Carnegie Library was given an award for Best Small Library in America by Library Journal.
Almost too many locations to mention are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This includes the Battle of Blackstock’s Historic Site.
The Battle of Blackstock’s Farm took place on November 20, 1780, during the American Revolutionary War.
Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton was ordered by British Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis, to attack and disrupt the Patriot militia under the command of Brigadier General Thomas Sumter.
When some Sumter troops discovered a a few of Tarleton’s men across a river, they fired some shots at them before retreating.
Sumter and his men then took up a defensive position at Blackstock Farm and waited for Tarleton’s men to attack.
Tarleton had yet to lose a battle but Sumter’s troops forced a retreat that day. Sumter himself went out to watch the retreating British forces and was shot for hist troubles, forcing him to give up command to Colonel John Twiggs.
This was a small, but important battle for the American colonists. Tarleton was a hated man who had never lost a battle, whose British regulars just lost to a militia.
Among the other notable historical sites in Union is the Judge Thomas Dawkins House, Pinkneyville and Cedar Bluff.
Union is home to a few famous names as well, including Mona Lisa (the R&B singer, not the painting) and Tiffany Rice, who became the first female to play on the Union High School varsity football team.