Warren County, as well as the entire Adirondacks, is blessed with pristine waterways, looming mountains, and lush woodlands.
For hundreds of years, these natural attributes have attracted people to put down roots here — at first the Native Americans, followed by colonial settlers, and now, those who seek challenge, inspiration or tranquility in nature.
The Adirondack region’s rich resources and strategic natural location prompted battles between British and colonial Americans against the French and their Native American allies, with the domination of the entire Hudson Valley in balance. The area played a key role in American history.
Settlers of this fertile, productive land were industrious, devising ways to develop the natural resources as they carved out a living for their families in this wild territory. In 1783, the lower Adirondacks region was named Washington County, the first county in the new nation to be named to honor the Revolutionary War hero George Washington.
Thirty years later, Warren County was carved out of the regional municipality — officially founded March 12, 1813. The new entity was named after Revolutionary War hero General Joseph Warren, a physician and American patriot who served as president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Joseph Warren, fighting alongside footsoldiers despite his rank, died in the Battle of Bunker Hill at age 34.
In the decades that followed, more and more people were attracted to the region for its remarkable attributes.
The resourcefulness and resilience of these homesteaders was remarkable, as they dealt with challenges that nearly defy our comprehension today.
Entrepreneurs utilized the area’s vast natural resources — harnessing waterpower, harvesting timber, and mining minerals — founding industries that were formative in shaping the new nation.
Over the next 200 years, the area produced innovators in the arts and sciences and visionary leaders in politics and industry — who exerted substantial impact on society.
This year, area residents have been celebrating the bicentennial of Warren County. At 6 p.m. March 12, church bells rang out around the county in honor of the 200th anniversary.
This next week, the town of Warrensburg will be hosting a festive event on July 4 to observe both the county and the town’s bicentennial.
On June 12, county leaders gathered in the old County Courthouse in Lake George, holding a ceremonial meeting that celebrated the rich, influential history of Warren County.
Through these events, we are not only hailing the political demarcation of our county, but paying tribute to the ingenuity, vision and resourcefulness of all those who shaped our region during those 200 years.
The staff of Denton Publications, committed to our vital role in area communities, congratulate those who have planned these events — municipal historians and volunteers throughout the county — all of whom were vital in celebrating the attributes of people who were formative in our area’s history.