EASTERN PIEDMONT ADVENTURES
10 WARRENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Warren County By Margarita Galvan
ake a walk to the 1800s and experience Warrenton, North Carolina’s gem of preserved antebellum history, culture and architecture. Located in Warren County, Warrenton is about an hour’s drive from both Raleigh and Durham.
VAST WEALTH AND STABLE GROWTH Warrenton’s namesake Joseph Warren, a doctor and general, was slain fighting for the country’s independence at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. The town was founded in 1779, and by the early 1800s, its prosperity grew rapidly with the farming of tobacco and cotton. Once favored by wealth and becoming the county This gem of preserved antebellum history, culture and architecture beckons visitors to seat, it drew the attraction of many take a walk to the 1800s. prominent persons who contributed much in the way of architecture, politics, education and art. Extravagant Greek STROLL A SLOW-PACED HISTORIC TOWN Revival, Federal Style, Italianate homes began to punctuate Warrenton, by nature of its size and character, is a quaint the outskirts. By the mid-1800s, Warrenton was one of the and friendly pedestrian town. Inside Main Street’s shops, wealthiest towns in the state. Its resources allowed culture to you can find a walking tour brochure perfect for visiflourish in the forms of academia, dancing, acting and other tors, history buffs, and folks simply interested in strollsocial amusements such as card playing and horse racing. ing through the beauty of a slow-paced historic North By the early 1900s, Warrenton’s population stabilized at just Carolinian town. The brochure provides a map of noted under 1,000 people and has remained the same up through sites with information regarding the architecture, dates of the present day. constructions and owners. Warrenton experienced the conjunction of two rarely After a walking tour, return to Main Street’s wide brick combined characteristics: vast wealth and prosperity sidewalks and restored storefronts where leisurely shopping through the 1800s foland dining beckon. Enjoy the beautiful features original to lowed by a virtual cesthe buildings, such as the Scarlet Rooster’s ornate tin ceilings sation of growth. The and aged brick walls. Warrenton’s original hardware store, result is a town featuring lovingly renovated to house the charming Hardware Cafe, the best of antebellum serves homemade baked goods, sandwiches and pastries. architecture and charYou’ll drift back in time by the gently preserved interior acter, but untouched replete with galvanized by the destruction metal buckets running Preservation Warrenton typical of modern under the century-old bar, PO Box 944 growth. As such, explor- rustic hardwood flooring, Warrenton, NC 37589 ing Warrenton offers near floor-to-ceiling shelvFind striking examples of www.warrenton-nc.com a uniquely intimate ing stocked with wine and architecture within Warrenton. glimpse into the past. various eclectic antiques.
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