Union County was founded in 1850. It was named in
honor of the strong sentiment of the people in the region for the preservation of the Federal Union.
Maynardville, with a population of 178, is the county seat.
There is no railroad entering the county. The surface of the
county is generally hilly, but there are a number of valleys running
through (he county, furnishing excellent soil. The county is
very well watered by springs and running streams.
The principal streams are Powell's River on the
northern boundary; Clinch River runs through from
east to west. Besides these are a number of creeks
which afford excellent water power. The county is well
timbered and contains rich deposits of iron ore, which is worked
to only a limited extent. There is also a silver-bearing lead ore,
zinc and vast quantities of beautiful marble. The principal
agricultural products are corn, wheat, oats, grass and clover;
much of the arable land of the county is given to meadows and
pasturage. Stock is largely raised, which is driven to Knoxville
The most numerous among religious denominations are Baptists and Methodists.
County taxation on $100: for schools, 20 cents; roads, 15 cents; county purposes 30 cents.