Winder, Georgia is the county seat of Barrow County in northeast Georgia.
Winder is the county seat of Barrow County, Georgia. Winder was originally known as Jug Tavern in the late 1790s by the residents who built homes around the region. Jug Tavern was recognized as a town by the Georgia Assembly in the mid 1880s. Jug Tavern survived the carnage of the Civil War without significant destruction. The period following the Civil War was a time of rapid growth as railroads were constructed throughout the area. The city’s name was changed to Winder in the 1890s honoring John H. Winder, who was the general manager of the Seaboard Railway.
Winder was in the thorny situation of being located in three counties in the late 1800s. This entanglement caused legal headaches and jurisdictional paradoxes. On July 7, 1914, the Georgia General Assembly appropriated real estate from Walton, Gwinnett and Jackson counties, creating the new Barrow County. This legislative act also led to the establishments of other Barrow County towns, including Statham, Bethlehem, Carl and Auburn.
Winder grew substantially during the 1890s. In the early 20th Century arrived, offices for banks, attorneys, undertakers, doctors, dentists, proprietors, real estate traders and blacksmiths began to fill out the town square. In addition, manufacturing enterprises like Winder Foundry and Machinery, Bell Overall, Smith Hardware and Winder Cotton Mill (later the Winder Rug Mill) came into existence. Winder also added an airport, hospital and other municipal touchstones. In 1930, Richard B. Russell of Winder was elected Georgia’s governor.
During the first half of the 20th Century Winder became a textile manufacturing town of some repute. Industries and business focused on manufacturing overalls, hardware, textiles and processing cotton. After World War II, Winder enjoyed significant public improvements which led to modernization, including the 1950 construction of Winder-Barrow County Hospital. Fort Yargo became a state park in 1967.
Perhaps nothing has spurred the development of Winder more than the advent of the modern highway system. Highway 29 was paved from Lawrenceville to Winder in 1930, and from that point on, Winder has never looked back. Georgia Highway 316 passes near Winder, bringing people from Atlanta and Athens Georgia. With these major highways has come major traffic, and, tragically, auto and tractor trailer accidents. Charles Scholle is proud to have represented many Winder residents who have suffered injuries in serious auto accidents, truck accidents and tractor trailer accidents.
If you have been seriously hurt in a boating accident, motorcycle accident or tractor-trailer accident near Winder, Georgia Charles Scholle would like to help. From his main office on Sugarloaf Parkway near Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County, he serves clients throughout Metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. To talk more about your case at a free, confidential consultation, please contact the firm online or call 866-972-5287 or, in Barrow or Gwinnett County, 770-717-5100.
Winder Police Department 770-867-2156
Barrow County Fire Department 770-307-2987