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Warren County



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Source: David Seibert

LocationWarrenton
Date Built1910; 2000
Architecture StyleNeoclassical Revival
DesignerWalter Chamberlain (1910); Britain, Thompson, Bray & Brown (2000)
Seat InformationThe act creating Warren County named a commission to select the county seat and erect a courthouse and jail. Until that action was taken, Warren County courts were to meet in the house of James McCormick. By 1796, no county seat had been selected, so the General Assembly directed that county courts temporarily meet at the house of Sterling Gardner (Ga. Laws 1796, p. 7). An act of Feb. 9, 1797 designated a lot on Gardner's plantation as the permanent county seat of Warren County (Ga. Laws 1797, p. 34). This lot became the town of Warrenton, which the General Assembly incorporated on Dec. 8, 1810 (Ga. Laws 1810, p. 39).
Courthouse DetailsThe 1793 act creating Warren County provided that until a courthouse was built, courts would meet in the house of James McCormick. By 1796, no courthouse had been constructed, so the General Assembly directed that county courts meet at the house of Sterling Gardner (Ga. Laws 1796, p. 7). An act of Feb. 9, 1797 designated a lot on Gardner's plantation as the permanent county seat of Warren County (Ga. Laws 1797, p. 34). Reportedly, a courthouse was built in the public square of Warrenton in 1809. It is unclear how long this structure served, for in 1820, the General Assembly authorized a special tax in Warren County to construct a new courthouse (Ga. Laws 1820, p. 91). In 1909, the courthouse was destroyed by fire, and construction of the present courthouse was completed the following year. From 1999 to 2000, the courthouse was restored and enlarged to almost triple its former size.
County Data
Population5834
Population 20006336
Population Growth-7.9
County SeatWarrenton
County Area286.8 Square Miles
Location MapWarren County Location Map
History

Warren County was created from Burke, Columbia, Washington, and Wilkes counties on Dec. 19, 1793 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1793, p. 10). Georgia’s 16th county was named for Massachusetts’ Gen. Joseph Warren (1741-1775), who was killed early in the American Revolution at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

In 1857, Glascock County was created entirely from Warren County (Ga. Laws 1857, p. 35). Also, portions of Warren County were used to create Jefferson County (1796), Taliaferro County (1825), and McDuffie County (1870).

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Legal OrganWarrenton Clipper
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Historical Population
YearPopulation
2010 5,834
2000 6,336
1990 6,078
1980 6,583
1970 6,669
1960 7,360
1950 8,779
1940 10,236
1930 11,181
1920 11,828
1910 11,860
1900 11,463
1890 10,957
1880 10,885
1870 10,545
1860 9,820
1850 12,425
1840 9,789
1830 10,946
1820 10,630
1810 8,725
1800 8,329