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Warrenton in Warren County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Early History of Warren County

 
 
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Inscription.
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The Formation of and Changes in the Warren County Boundary Line
Warren County was created by an Act of the Legislature on December 19, 1793. Parts of the counties of Richmond, Columbia, and Wilkes were taken to form Georgia's sixteenth county. Later, parts of Warren County were used to create Glascock County and parts of Jefferson, McDuffie and Taliaferro counties.

Historical Highlights
  • The area's first inhabitants were Creek Indians, who established the famous Upper Trading Path, a route between Augusta and Creek settlements far west as the Mississippi River.
  • The first white settlers were men who received grants from King George III of England. While Georgia was still an English colony, the area now forming Warren County was part of St. Paul's Parish.
  • Warrenton, the county seat, was incorporated in 1810. the other incorporated towns are Camak and Norwood.
  • Railroad service came to Warren County relatively early. Athens resident James Camak led a group of associates to charter the Georgia Railroad in 1833, building a line just north of Warrenton in the 1830s. (This depot in that location evolved into the town of Camak.) The link between Warrenton and Camak was made by mule-car, leading to the county seat's nickname, "Muletown." The Civil War (1851-65)
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    brought efforts to replace the mule-car with true rail, but this was not accomplished until 1873.
  • Norwood developed around a gristmill owned by Radford Gunn, and the community was known as Gunn's Mill until 1888. The Georgia Railroad laid tracks through the town, which bustled with business activity its early days.
  • The first rural, free mail delivery occurred in Norwood in 1868, when six residents hired Jerry Parsons, an African-American, to deliver their mail on a daily basis, paying for his food and clothing in exchange.
  • Beall Springs grew up around a mineral springs used by Native Americans long before the state acquired the land in 1773. The Beall family, as the first white settlers to own the land surrounding the springs, allowed the public to continue using the water. In the nineteenth century Beall Springs became a popular resort, complete with hotel and leisure-time activities. Among notable men who visited were Confederate vice president Alexander Stephens and U.S. senator Robert Toombs.
  • In 1864, William T. Sherman's troops arrived at the Woolen Mills as Jewel on the Ogeechee River intending to burn it to the ground. Before burning the mill, they noticed the sign of the Masonic order that had been cut into one of the rocks which formed the chimney to the mill. The captain passed long enough to ask if Mr. Jewel was a member of the order. When answered
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    in the affirmative, the captain ordered his men to leave the mill intact.

    Ca. 1910 Historic Post Card View of the Warren Co. Courthouse
    The Warren County Courthouse was built about 1910 and is an example of Neoclassical Revival architecture. It was designed by Walter Chamberlain. Warren County's first courthouse was allegedly erected in 1809 and served for a century until it was destroyed by fire and replaced by the 1910 structure.

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    Joseph Warren
    Hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Joseph warren dispatched Paul Revere on his famous ride. he was a physician and American patriot, born in Roxybury, Massachusetts, and was educated at Harvard College. Following the passage of the Stamp Act in 1765, he became a leader of the anti-British party. In 1774, Warren took part in drafting the Suffolk Resolves, which urged forcible opposition to Great Britain. Warren was a member of the first three provincial congresses of Massachusetts, was president of the third, and was a prominent member of the Committee of Public Safety. He also served as Grand Master of Freemasons for North America. He became a major general on June 14, 1775, during the American Revolution, and three days later he was killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

    Confederate Monument
    In 1907 a Confederate Monument was erected on the town
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    square as a tribute to the men of warren County who served in the War Between the States. It was an undertaking by ladies of the "Matron's Club" which included many members who were widows from the War. Money was raised from the lunches the ladies cooked and served to the public when court was in session.

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    James Camak
    James Camak was elected the first president of the Georgia Rail Road. The town of Camak was named in his honor.

    1842 Georgia Rail Road and Banking Company stock certificate signed by James Camak.

    Background image: ca. 1920 street scene of Main Street looking east in downtown Warrenton, Ga.
     
    Location. 33° 24.383′ N, 82° 39.767′ W. Marker is in Warrenton, Georgia, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Square and Norwood Street, on the right when traveling west on Court Square. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Warren County Confederate Monument, west of the historic courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Main Street, Warrenton GA 30828, United States of America.
     
    Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Muster Roll of Company H, 22nd Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); National Flags of the Confederate States of America 1861-1865 (within
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    shouting distance of this marker); Warren County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Muster Roll of Company B, 48th Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Muster Roll of Company D, 5th Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Warren County Vietnam Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Warren County Korean War Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Warren County Revolutionary War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Warren County Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Warren County Desert Shield / Desert Storm Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrenton.
     
    Also see . . .
    1. Warren County, Georgia. Warren County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,834. The county seat is Warrenton. The county was created on December 19, 1793 and is
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    named after General Joseph Warren, who was killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill. (Submitted on November 10, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

    2. Warrenton, Georgia. Warrenton is a city in Warren County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,013 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Warren County. (Submitted on November 10, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

    3. Norwood, Georgia. Norwood is a city in Warren County, Georgia, United States. The population was 299 at the 2000 census. (Submitted on November 10, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

    4. Camak, Georgia. Camak is a town in Warren County, Georgia, United States. The town is located just off Interstate 20 between Atlanta and Augusta, GA. The population was 165 at the 2000 census. (Submitted on November 10, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

    5. Joseph Warren. Dr. Joseph Warren (June 11, 1741 – June 17, 1775) was an American physician who played a leading role in American Patriot organizations in Boston in the early days of the American Revolution, eventually serving as president of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. (Submitted on November 10, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

    6. Georgia Railroad and Banking Company. The
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    Georgia Railroad and Banking Company (reporting mark GA) also seen as "GARR", was a historic railroad and banking company that operated in the U.S. state of Georgia. (Submitted on November 10, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
     
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