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County Formed July 7, 1914
County Seat Winder
Incorporated Cities Auburn, Bethlehem, Carl, Statham and Winder
Total Area 162.916109 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 46566 to its current population estimate of 73240, the county has experienced a growth change of 26674.

Barrow was formed from Gwinnett, Jackson, and Walton counties. It was named for David C. Barrow Jr., chancellor of the University of Georgia from 1906 to 1925.

Barrow County's original settlers were Creeks and Cherokees, many of whom lived in a settlement known as Snodon.

Points of Interest

The Fort Yargo cabin was built by Europeans in 1792 for protection against the Creeks and the Cherokees. Today it is used for history encampments at Fort Yargo State Park.

Château Élan, North Atlanta’s premier meeting destination that offers championship golf, and a full-?production winery, is located in Braselton, in North Barrow County.

Notable Citizens

Richard B. Russell, Jr., who served as governor of Georgia and as U.S. Senator from 1933 to 1971, was from Barrow County. His father, Richard Russell, Sr., was Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court from 1922-1938 and swore in his son as governor.

Annual Events

Vinyard Fest is hosted annually at one of the major points of interest, Château Élan

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Barrow County Courthouse, Winder

Gainesville Midland Railroad, Winder

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