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Warthen got it's name from a store at the crossroads of local and regional roads. Washington County once covered all the territory from the Cherokee
corner to the North, from the Ogeechee to the Oconee and to Liberty in the South. At that time, Warthen was located centrally in Washington County.
As with any settlement, a need for order was realized and place in Warthen was chosen to be designated as the area in which Court was to be held.
Superior Court Sessions were held in Warthen from 1787 until 1798. Warthen is a town rich in history from the people who settled it to the thriving
town that it once was. In 1832, Bethlehem Academy was chartered. The school was begun by Richard Warthen and was one of the earliest schools in the
county. The school was maintained by a lottery which was authorized for the purpose of an educational institution. Richard Warthen boarded students
in his home which was actually two houses bolted together with no connecting doors. He housed female students on one side of the house and males on
the other. The academy burned and was later replaced in 1904. Now the building is used as the Warthen Community Center.
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