Burke County is one of the state's original counties. It was created by the state constitution of 1777 from the colonial parish of St. George but within thirty years had to divide its territory with the newly formed Screven and Jefferson counties. Burke was the first county in Georgia to be designated.
The county was named to honor Edmond Burke, a member of Parliament who supported the colonies' interest. Waynesboro, the county seat, was named for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne who won fame during the final days of the Revolution in Georgia.
In 1779, around four hundred British soldiers engaged Americans led by John Twiggs and William Few at the Burke County Jail on McIntosh Creek. The British were driven off.
Halfway between Millen and Waynesboro is the Bellevue Plantation which was given as a royal grant by George III to Samuel Eastlake in 1767. What is believed to be the original plantation house is still standing and occupied by the same family that has owned it since 1835. In 1864 it was slightly damaged by gunfire when a Confederate cavalry unit led by Gen. Joseph Wheeler caught Kilpatrick's Union cavalry pillaging the house.
The last surviving edifice George Washington was known to have visited in Georgia had been located in Waynesboro but was demolished in 1932. A stone marker is all that is left now to commemorate his visit in 1791 to the house owned by Isaiah and Alexander Carter of Waynesboro.
Source: Foundations of Government - The Georgia Counties, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, 1976.
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Barrow Statement on President Obama's Announcement of the Expansion at Plant Vogtle
February 16, 2010
Washington, DC - President Barack Obama announced today that the federal government will guarantee loans to build two new nuclear reactors at the Plant Vogtle facility in Waynesboro. The reactors - the first built in the United States in almost 30 years - will be completed in 2016 and 2017.
Barrow to Host "Congress on the Corner" in Richmond, Burke, and Jefferson Counties
February 11, 2010On Saturday, February 20, 2010, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will be hosting "Congress on the Corner" in Richmond, Burke, and Jefferson Counties. "Congress on the Corner" is an opportunity for citizens to meet one-on-one with Congressman Barrow and to talk about what's going on in Washington.
Barrow Announces 2010 Rural Listening Tour Town Hall Meetings
December 23, 2009
Congressman Barrow will meet with local farmers/members of rural communities to talk about their concerns and discuss what's been going on up in Washington
Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) has announced the schedule for his 2010 Rural Listening Tour. The 2010 Tour is planned for Tuesday, January 5, Wednesday, January 6, Thursday, January 7, and Friday, January 8. It will include town hall meetings in 10 counties, with stops in Burke, Warren, Glascock, Washington, Jefferson, Evans, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, and Tattnall Counties. Congressman Barrow will also tour farms and other facilities along the way.
Barrow to Host “Congress on the Corner” in Wrightsville, Louisville, and Waynesboro
August 21, 2009
This Saturday, August 29, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will be hosting “Congress on the
Barrow Announces $32,375,000 in Direct Allocations of Recovery Zone Bonds for Communities in Georgia’s 12th District
June 12, 2009
Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that the U.S. Treasury Department has made $25 billion in bond authority available under the Recovery Zone Bonds program. Of that money, $32,375,000 will be available to communities in Georgia's 12th District. Recovery Zone Bonds were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Congress passed and President Obama signed into law earlier this year. Recovery Zone Bonds are targeted to areas particularly affected by job loss. They will help local governments obtain financing for much needed economic development projects, such as public infrastructure development, at lower borrowing costs.
GEORGIA’S 12TH DISTRICT AWARDED $266,319 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM
April 9, 2009
Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that $266,319 has been awarded to the 12th District of Georgia by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Federal funds totaling $100 million were made available to the EFSP, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to bring immediate relief to communities to address unemployment, poverty, and other needs during the economic crisis.
Barrow Announces 12th District Schools to Receive an Estimated $70.9 Million
April 1, 2009
Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that an estimated $70,969,000 in emergency education funding has been released for schools in Georgia's 12th District to help save education-related jobs and maintain programs for low-income students and students with disabilities. Schools in the 12th District will receive an estimated $42,376,000 in Title I funds and $28,593,000 in IDEA funds.
Barrow Announces $2.3 million in Recovery Act Funds for Crime Prevention Efforts
March 12, 2009
Washington, DC - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced that Georgia's 12th Congressional District will receive close to $2.3 million in Recovery Act 2009 funding for law enforcement assistance through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
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