Nestled in northeastern Georgia, amid the leading cities of Athens and Atlanta, is the charming yet progressive community of Barrow County. Six distinct cities comprise the county—the largest of which is Winder, the county seat, located in the heart of Barrow County.
The county’s second-largest community, Auburn, and Carl are found on the county’s southwestern side, while historic Statham is located to the east. Bethlehem sits straight south of Winder, and Braselton graces Barrow County’s northern section.
The county’s past stretches back to the incorporation of Winder in 1893 (previously known as Jug Tavern). A location at the intersection of three counties brought about conflict in the community, which ultimately resulted in the creation of a new county from parts of Gwinnett, Jackson and Walton counties.
Barrow County—a name chosen in honor of David Crenshaw “Uncle Dave” Barrow, a long-time chancellor at the University of Georgia—was established on July 7, 1914.
Since its founding, Barrow County has evolved into one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia and the U.S., with a population expected to reach 80,000 by 2010 and an astonishing 175,000 by 2030. Award-winning schools, advanced medical care, scenic recreation areas and a diverse business climate, enhanced by a prime location, characterize the high quality of life discovered in Barrow County. With all of this, it’s no wonder so many have looked to Barrow County as an ideal place to relocate a family or expand a business.