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Free Union is a community in northeastern Albemarle County.

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History

The area was first settled in the mid-1700s and became a part of Albemarle County in 1761[1]. The village was originally referred to as Nicksville after a free slave blacksmith named Nick, who opened a blacksmith's shop there in the early 1800s. When a post office was established in 1847, it was given the name of Free Union to avoid confusion with Nixville, another post office in the county.[2] The name was taken from that of the Free Union Church, which had been built in 1837 and is still operating as the Free Union Baptist Church. The church was "free" in that all races were welcome to worship there, and it was a "union" of four denominations of Christianity, none of which could have afforded a church of their own at that time.[2] Free Union continued to be known as Nixville until the early 1900s, when the post office's name caught on.[3]

Landmarks

Free Union Community Hall

Notes

  1. 1884-85, By. "Free Union Communty." Free Union Community Web Site, Free Union, Virginia. Web. 31 Aug. 2010. <http://freeunion.com/history.html>.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Village of Free Union History, Active Media Group, Free Union, 2005, retrieved 2007-09-08.
  3. Web. Free information, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, 2007-07-03, retrieved 2009-03-04.

Print. Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer (2000). p. 67. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. Fourth edition, ISBN 0-89933-326-5.

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