Warren County, New York
Genealogy and History

A Brief History of Warren County

David Varney
David Varney


Warren County, taken from the N.W. part of Washington county in 1813. It is principally situated on the west side of Lake George, centrally distant from New York 240, and from Albany 75 miles. Greatest length N. and S. 44, greatest breadth E. and W. 40 miles. With the exception of a small district on the SE., the whole county is mountainous. The mountains, which are of primitive formation, are covered with a heavy growth of trees, and contain it is said abundance of iron ore of good quality, but have very small portions of arable soil. The valleys, which are narrow, contain some fertile alluvion, on secondary limestone. The principal employment of the inhabitants is getting lumber, which is sent to market by the rivers, lake, and Champlain canal. This county embraces about one half of Horicon or Lake George, the greater part of Schroon lake, the whole of Brant lake, and many smaller ones. The Horicon is a beautiful sheet of water 33 miles long, and about 2 wide, and discharges its waters northward into Lake Champlain at Ticonderoga. Its waters are very deep and clear, and abound with the finest fish. The mountain scenery of this lake is excelled in its romantic beauties by none in the world. Schroon and Brant lakes are beautiful sheets of water, and abound with fish similar to Lake George.
- Historical Collections of the State of New York, John W. Barber and Henry Howe, 1841.

History of Warren County, by H. P. Smith (1885)

Chapter XVIII: Warren County in the Rebellion has been transcribed and contains extensive information regarding the efforts of the citizens of Warren County during the Civil War. Chapter XVII: Land Titles has also been added. It contains a a good amount of information regarding the early land patents in Warren County.

Panoramic Maps

The panoramic map was a common method to depict cities and towns during the late nineteenth century. Cities were drawn from a "bird's eye" view giving the feeling of perspective. Although not to scale or very accurate, they showed the layout of the city and noted the major landmarks. These maps are presented in Zoomify and require the Flash Player.

Panoramic Map of Glens Falls, 1884
Panoramic Map of Luzerne, 1888
Panoramic Map of Warrensburgh, 1891

Additional Resources

1841 County and Town History

1860 French's Gazetteer County Profile

1860 French's Gazetteer Town Profiles #1
Bolton, Caldwell, Chester, Hague, & Horicon

1860 French's Gazetteer Town Profiles #2
Johnsburgh, Luzerne, Queensbury, Stony Creek, Thurman & Warrensburgh

Past Post Offices and Postmasters

Historical Letters 1852-1869
Originally posted to the Warren County Mailing List, letters written by Julia Hill to her cousin Juliette Baker.

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