Georgia is also known for its rich agricultural history, with cotton, peanuts, and peaches among the state's top crops.
Barrow County, Georgia has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1914. Named after David Crenshaw Barrow Jr., a prominent educator and chancellor of the University of Georgia, the county was formed from parts of neighboring Gwinnett, Jackson, and Walton counties. The early settlers of Barrow County were primarily farmers who took advantage of the fertile soil and mild climate to cultivate cotton, corn, and wheat.

During the 19th century, the area now known as Barrow County was a hub for transportation due to its strategic location between Atlanta and Athens. The construction of the Georgia Railroad in the mid-1800s brought economic growth and development to the region. The arrival of the railroad led to the establishment of several small towns, including Winder, which eventually became the county seat of Barrow County.

In the early 20th century, Barrow County saw significant development as industrialization took hold in the area. The textile industry became a major employer in the county, attracting workers from neighboring rural areas. The local economy diversified as other industries such as lumber mills and poultry processing plants also flourished.

Today, Barrow County continues to grow and evolve. The county is home to a vibrant community and offers a mix of urban and rural lifestyles. With its proximity to the bustling cities of Atlanta and Athens, Barrow County has become an attractive location for both residents and businesses seeking a balance between metropolitan amenities and small-town charm. The county also boasts a strong focus on education, with its school system consistently ranked among the best in the state.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Barrow County, Georgia.

  • 1818 - Barrow County is established as the 73rd county in the state of Georgia.
  • 1832 - The county's name is changed from Baker County to Barrow County in honor of David Crenshaw Barrow Jr., a prominent Georgian.
  • Late 19th century - The city of Winder becomes the county seat and experiences significant growth due to the Georgia Railroad running through it.
  • Early 20th century - Barrow County's economy relies primarily on agriculture, including cotton, corn, and livestock.
  • 1956 - The Barrow County Courthouse is completed and still stands as a historic landmark today.
  • 1978 - Barrow County becomes home to the Barrow County Airport, providing aviation services to the local community.
  • Late 20th century - Barrow County undergoes suburban development, bringing population growth and diversification of industries.
  • 2000s - Barrow County continues to experience growth and urbanization, with improved infrastructure and expanded educational opportunities.