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A Brief History:
 1773 and before: Early Settlers
 1777: One of 8 Original Georgia Counties
 1779: Revolutionary War Battle
 1780: Washington Incorporated
 1780: Temporary Georgia Capital
 1790: Home to 38% of Georgia's Population
 1795: Eli Whitney & Cotton
 1865: Lost Confederate Gold
 1865: Last Meeting of Confederacy
 Legacies: Counties, Governors, Gospel
 Today: History Preserved

Lost Gold
Historical Sites
A List of Firsts
Firsts for Washington, Georgia and Wilkes County Hillhouse House historical marker

  First city in the nation to be incorporated in the name of George Washington, 1780

First Baptist church in upper Georgia at Fishing Creek, 1783

First Methodist church in Georgia was organized at Grant's Meeting House in Wilkes County, 1787.

First Presbyterian minister ordained in Georgia was John Springer in Wilkes County, 1790.

First Episcopal conference not under the Church of England, 1788

First successful cotton gin perfected and set up by Eli Whitney in Wilkes county, 1795.

First woman newspaper editor in U.S. was Sarah Hillhouse who became the editor of the Monitor in 1804.

First cotton mill in Georgia erected on Upton Creek in Wilkes County, 1811

First woman hanged in Georgia occurred in Washington in 1806. She was Polly Barclay.

First stamp mill for gold in the world was invented and put into use near Washington by Jeremiah Griffin, 1831-1832.

One of the first plastic garments ever cut in the world was in Wilkes County by Margo and Alfred Moses in February 1946.