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Barrow County

Profile
Incorporated Date: 
March 28, 1905
Population: 
70,073
Total Area: 
162.2 sq mi
Contact Information
233 East Broad St.
Winder, GA 30680
Phone Number: 
(770) 307-3005
Fax Number: 
(770) 307-3141

Barrow County, created in 1914, helped settle a dispute among three counties: Gwinnett, Walton and Jackson. Because the City of Winder, the county seat, sat at the juncture of the three counties, residents were plagued with disputed taxes and business affairs related to uncertain boundaries. The state legislature solved the problems by creating a county around Winder, formerly known as "Jug Tavern," and naming it for David Crenshaw Barrow, chancellor and popular instructor at the University of Georgia.