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The Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence, was originally cast in England in 1752 and cracked during its first use. It was recast twice in Philadelphia, and the current bell has been on display in Independence National Historical Park since 2003.
Union County, Pennsylvania has a rich history that encompasses the early Native American tribes, the arrival of European settlers, and the development of an enduring community. The region was originally home to the Native American tribes of the Susquehannocks and the Delaware Indians, who relied on the fertile land and abundant forests for their livelihoods. However, the arrival of European settlers in the mid-18th century led to significant changes.

In 1749, the Province of Pennsylvania created Northumberland County, which included what is now Union County. However, as settlement continued to spread, the vast size of Northumberland County became impractical. Consequently, on March 22, 1813, Union County was formed from a portion of Northumberland County. It was named in honor of the newly formed union between the American colonies and the United States. The county's rich agricultural land attracted settlers who were mostly farmers, and with time, it became a distinctive and prosperous region.

Throughout its history, Union County witnessed significant growth and development. The establishment of the Pennsylvania Canal in the 1830s brought economic opportunities, enabling goods to be transported more efficiently between regions. The arrival of the railroads in the mid-19th century further fueled growth, connecting Union County to the broader national network of trade and transportation. These advancements led to the establishment of industries such as milling, manufacturing, and lumbering, diversifying the local economy.

Union County's strong agricultural heritage also played a crucial role in its history. The region's fertile soil and favorable climate made it ideal for farming, particularly for dairy farming and the production of crops such as corn, wheat, and oats. This agricultural legacy remains a significant part of the county’s identity, and Union County is still known for its thriving farming communities.

Today, Union County is a vibrant and growing community that celebrates its past while embracing the future. With a blend of historical sites, natural beauty, and a dedication to preserving its heritage, the county offers a charming glimpse into Pennsylvania's pioneering spirit and rich cultural history.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Union County, Pennsylvania.

  • 1813 - Union County is formed from parts of Northumberland County.
  • 1815 - The town of New Berlin becomes the county seat.
  • 1821 - Lewisburg is incorporated as a borough.
  • 1846 - The Bucknell University is founded in Lewisburg.
  • 1855 - Millmont is incorporated as a borough.
  • 1864 - The Battle of New Market takes place during the American Civil War.
  • 1895 - The Lewisburg Area School District is established.
  • 1950 - The county's population reaches its peak at over 37,000 residents.
  • 1960 - The Union County Historical Society is formed.
  • 1970 - Hartleton is incorporated as a borough.
  • 1991 - The county celebrates its bicentennial.