North Carolina-Warren County-November 23

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-November 23

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

I never knew that North Carolina had a county named Bute. It was formed in 1764 from the eastern part of Granville County but had a short life. In 1779 Bute County was divided into Franklin and Warren County. At that point Bute County after 15 years ceased to exist.

I did find a link to the history of Bute County.

Warren County sits on the border with Virginia and has a population of around 20,000. It’s county seat is Warrenton. A map of Warren County is depicted below outlined in red.


Today, tourists visit Warren County to see its historic sites and its two lakes, Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake.

Kerr Lake Dam


Lake Gaston Dam



The Warrenton Historic District has several nineteenth century homes, earning a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. North Carolinians and Virginians who boat and fish visit Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake during the summer time. Both lakes extend into Warren County and they were both man-made; John H. Kerr proposed a bill to create Kerr Lake in the 1940s and the lake is named in honor of the Congressman.


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