Warren County was created from Columbia, Hancock, Richmond, and Wilkes counties in 1793 to become the twentieth county in the state. It and the county seat, Warrenton, were named for General Joseph Warren of Massachusetts who was killed at the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill (Breeds Hill).
Georgia's first iron foundry and woolen mill were built at Shoals on the Ogeechee River, formerly called the community of Lexington, in 1794 by Colonel William Bird and Benjamin A. Hamp. The two men had bought several thousand acres along the Ogeechee and had found a site ideal for a small dam and mill. To make the race that would turn the mill, they set hot fires on a granite slab beside the river, then poured cold water on the stone, managing to split away enough material to eventually make a trough for the water. Their mill operated until 1864 when it was burned by General Sherman's troops.
Prior to its permanent settlement, Warren County is believed to have had a small gold strike somewhere in the northern portion. It did not long endure, however, and those who mined the area left no permanent records. Koalin is the mineral sought there today.
Source: Foundations of Government - The Georgia Counties, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, 1976.
News In This County
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 Crawfordville, Warrenton, and Gibson
September 1, 2009
This Saturday, September 5, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will be hosting "Congress on the Corner" in Crawfordville, Warrenton, and Gibson. "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 $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.
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.
March 27, 2009
Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced today that community health centers in Augusta, Savannah, Swainsboro, and Warrenton will receive $1,277,939 in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand their services. The money was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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