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About Warren County


Warren County was formed in 1779 from the northern half of Bute County.  It was named for Joseph Warren of Massachusetts, a physician and general in the American Revolutionary War who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  By 1860, Warren County was the most prosperous county in North Carolina.

Warren County is located in the Northeastern Piedmont section of North Carolina.  The county seat is Warrenton and the county's three incorporated Towns are Warrenton, Norlina and Macon.  Warren County is bound by the Commonwealth of Virginia to the North, with Northampton and Halifax counties to the East.  The counties of Nash and Franklin are the to South and Southeast, and to the West is Vance County.

Access and Transportation
In relation to major cities within North Carolina and on the East Coast, Warren County is 55 miles from Raleigh, 58 miles from Durham, 99 miles from Richmond, 205 miles from Washington, D.C., and is approximately halfway between New York and Florida.  Interstate 85 intersects the County in the north/northwest area, providing major highway access for commercial and commuter travel.  The nearest major international airport is in Raleigh (Raleigh-Durham International), 60 miles to the south and there is a spur of the CSX rail line from Vance County.

Land and Water
Warren County encompasses 443.38 square miles with 428.62 square miles of land (96.67%) and 14.76 square miles of water (3.33%).  The major surface of waters includes Lake Gaston, Kerr Lake and an extensive system of creeks and streams that are inclusive of the Roanoke River Basin and Tar-Pamlico River Basin.

Past and Future
Warren County, like most of the South, once flourished as both a tobacco and textile mill manufacturing areas.  Today, the county has taken a more progressive route toward the future, establishing itself as a haven for agri-business, biotechnology and tourism.

Warren County continues to be defined by its business friendly government, low cost of living, diversified workforce, favorable climate and an eager and trainable workforce.

For more information about Warren County and its business opportunities please call: 252.257.3114; or you may request more information by visiting our

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