About UnionThe one-time hunting grounds of the Iroquois and other tribes also attracted pioneers from Virginia. James Alexander settled in what became Union in 1774 before serving in the Revolutionary War. When the area separated from Greenbrier in 1799, the town became the county seat of Monroe County. Though it was one of 50 that broke away from Virginia—an additional five counties formed later—residents were bitterly divided in their loyalties during the Civil War. A monument off US 219, memorializes local Confederates who died while another monument by the historic courthouse, 216 Main St., honors all veterans.
The area boasts farmland, timberland and mineral springs. Those same springs made it part of a popular resort region until the early 20th century. Historic structures still can be seen, especially on Main Street. North on US 219 is the Indian Creek Covered Bridge, part of a former Native American path called the Seneca Trail or the Warrior’s Path. Nearby Moncove Lake State Park is a major recreation area.
Agriculture remains an economic force and a source of pride. Farmer's Day , an annual event in early June, celebrates agriculture with a parade, street dance and fireworks.
Visitor Centers Monroe County Tourism 261 Heath Center Dr. Union, WV 24983. Phone:(304)772-3003 or (866)677-3003
Self-guiding ToursBrochures outlining scenic drive trips, including the Rural Heritage Quilt Trail, which features decorated barns and businesses, and Civil War Trail, are available at the Monroe County Historical Society.
Things to Do Monroe County Historical Society Museum Complex
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