JONESBORO — Several dozen people came to Saturday's bicentennial celebration of Union County, most of the presenters dressed in period dress, as they shared the early founding of the county.

Those gathered heard from Tyler Edmonds, state's attorney of Union County, who portrayed the governor of the Illinois Territory at the time, Ninian Edwards. Edmonds read documentation officially organizing the lands of Southern Illinois as Union County.

They also heard from Duane Hillman and Lillian Milam, who portrayed John and Julia Grammer, who donated 20 acres of land that was used to build the Union County Courthouse on after the county was formed in 1818.

A bit of music from that the county's early history was played on violin by Dr. Marshall Poger.

The county turned 200 on Jan. 2, 2018; Union County is a few months older than Illinois, which was officially created in December 1818.

Other celebrations are planned throughout the year by other groups and communities in Union County.

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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