Free Union, Virginia

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Free Union
Census-designated place
Village center
Village center
Free Union is located in Virginia
Free Union
Free Union
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 38°9′17″N 78°33′52″W / 38.15472°N 78.56444°W / 38.15472; -78.56444Coordinates: 38°9′17″N 78°33′52″W / 38.15472°N 78.56444°W / 38.15472; -78.56444
Country United States
Commonwealth Virginia
County Albemarle
Nominally settled 1761
Named for Free Union Baptist Church
Elevation 590 ft (180 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 193
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 22940
GNIS feature ID 2629023[1]

Free Union is a census-designated place (CDP) in Albemarle County, Virginia, United States,[1] ten miles north-northwest of Charlottesville. The population as of the 2010 Census was 193.[2] It has a very small village center consisting of a private school (Free Union Country School), a doctor's office, a post office, a country store, a homebuilder, and several dozen homes. Otherwise it is entirely rural in character. A few miles north of the village center is a winery.

History[edit]

The area was first settled in the mid-18th century and became a part of Albemarle County in 1761. 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 19th century. 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.[3] 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.[3] Free Union continued to be known as Nixville until the early 20th century, when the post office's name caught on.[4]

The Ballard-Maupin House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).[6]

Climate data for Free Union, Virginia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6
(43)
8
(46)
16
(60)
22
(72)
24
(76)
28
(82)
27
(81)
29
(85)
24
(76)
21
(70)
15
(59)
8
(46)
19
(66.3)
Average low °C (°F) −6
(22)
−6
(22)
1
(33)
6
(42)
11
(51)
16
(60)
16
(61)
17
(63)
13
(56)
7
(45)
1
(33)
−3
(26)
6.1
(42.8)
Precipitation cm (inches) 8
(3)
7.4
(2.9)
9.1
(3.6)
7.9
(3.1)
10.4
(4.1)
9.7
(3.8)
13
(5)
10.9
(4.3)
10.7
(4.2)
8.9
(3.5)
8.9
(3.5)
8
(3)
112.9
(44)
Source: Weatherbase [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Free Union Census Designated Place". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Virginia Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-06-08.
  3. ^ a b "Village of Free Union History". Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Free information". C-Ville Weekly (Portico Publications). 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Free Union, Virginia
  7. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on August 19, 2013.