Barrow County - Metro Atlanta Guidebook


Barrow County Georgia consists of the following cities:
- a community that was named after a Yorkshire town cited in Oliver Goldsmith's poem, "Deserted Village", Auburn actually straddles Barrow and Gwinnett Counties.
Bethlehem - There is an enormous church in Bethlehem, Georgia that was endowed by a wealthy farmer's will. On Nov. 6, 1967, the U.S. Post Office released its annual Christmas stamp in first-day-of-issue ceremonies in Bethlehem, Georgia. The stamp's image is based on the painting by Hans Memling called "Madonna and Child with Angels," which hangs in the National Gallery of Art. The Post Office in Bethlehem is quite famous each Christmas because of it's name and the Biblical history of the Christ Child being born in Bethlehem.
Carl - officially named in 1906 by the Georgia Legislature in honor of a baby boy born to a prominent couple who owned a general store and barber shop. Carl was originally named Dillard's Crossing.
Statham - a small town of about 2040 residents located just West of Athens and home of the famous 'Statham Sunflower Festival'. It was founded in 1892 by a native of England.
Winder - the largest of the cities in Barrow County and the county seat, it was incorporated in 1893 when the Seaboard Air Line Railroad was built through the town providing much needed transportation for it's mostly agricultural products. Winder, Georgia was named for the president of the railroad, John H. Winder of North Carolina. Before being incorporated as Winder, the town was called Brandon and prior to that, it had been known as Jug Tavern. Stop in and visit the Barrow County Museum located in the old Barrow County Jail or the Winder Veterans Commemorative Park.

BarrowCounty Georgia is a place to celebrate your leisure time in a community steeped in tradition. Located strategically between Athens and Atlanta, you can enjoy the best of both worlds without the traffic, crime and congestion.

Barrow County affords many leisure opportunities for enjoying "family time" together. One of the most visited parks in the state of Georgia is located in Winder. Fort Yargo State Park is a 1,850 acre complex where the whole family can enjoy camping, fishing, swimming, miniature golf, or just a hike through the woods. Built around an old fort established by the state of Georgia 1n 1792 to protect the settlers in the area from the Creek and Cherokee Indians, the park offers a boundless array of outdoor activites.

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