Town 56km north of Harrismith and 106km south-south-east of Villiers. It was laid out on the farm Rietvlei in 1912, proclaimed in 1913, and attained municipal status in 1920. Said to be named after Charles Frederick Warden, landdrost of Harrismith from 1884 to 1900. Warden and Dirkie Uys School is celebrating their centenary from 13-15 September 2013. Interested parties can contact the centenary festival organising committee's office on 0716917129. The town has one of the largest Dutch Reformed Churches in South Africa, with seating for 1,750.Since the ANC came into power in 1994,the towns infrastructure has become extremely bad and most roads are now unpaved and most public buildings have been in decline. A young group of residents actively took part in restoring Warden to its previous glory. A new main road and several buildings has since been buitlt or upgraded. One of the biggest municipal dams are also being built at the moment. Warden's locality (in the middle of SA and on the N3 highway connecting Gauteng and Durban),water supply, industrial land and labour makes it the ideal place for industrial development. Houses in Warden are reasonably priced. Industrial and residential land are also available.
The farming area around Warden produces a big part of the country's potatoes, maize and red meat.