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Washington in Wilkes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Washington-Wilkes Firsts

 
 
Washington-Wilkes Firsts Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
1. Washington-Wilkes Firsts Marker
Inscription.
1775 First stone marker indicating George III land grant Fort Washington Park
1777 First county named in Georgia’s first constitution
1779 First African-American Revolutionary hero in the South. Austin Dabney – Battle of Kettle Creek
1780 First city incorporated in the name of George Washington
1786-87 First Methodist Church in Georgia
1790 First Presbyterian minister ordained in Georgia Rev. John Springer
1792 First Catholic Church built in Georgia Locust Grove Sharon
1797 First Grand Jury presentment in Georgia for abolition of slavery
1803 First woman in Georgia to edit and publish a newspaper Sarah Porter Hillhouse
1806 First woman legally hanged in Georgia – Polly Barclay
1810 First cotton mill in the south
1833 First gold stamp mill in the world
1887 First graduate of African American school of nursing Virginia Simmons
1888 First Free Public Library in Georgia – Mary Willis Library
1926 First woman elected to the International Academy of Letters and Science – Eliza Frances Andrews
 
Erected 2003 by Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation.
 
Location. 33° 44.217′ N, 82° 
Washington-Wilkes Firsts Marker (Refinished) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
2. Washington-Wilkes Firsts Marker (Refinished)
44.35′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of East Robert Toombs Avenue (Business U.S. 78) and Court Square, on the right when traveling west on East Robert Toombs Avenue. Click for map. The marker is attached to the clock at the south end of the open space south of the Wilkes County courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Washington GA 30673, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Black Patriots Monument (here, next to this marker); Old Inn Site (a few steps from this marker); Busy Bee Cafe (within shouting distance of this marker); William Dearing (within shouting distance of this marker); Cleveland's Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Stage Coach Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Vault of the Citizens National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); T.C. Hogue Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable EventsPolitical Subdivisions
 
Washington-Wilkes Firsts Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
3. Washington-Wilkes Firsts Marker
Looking north toward the Wilkes County Courthouse
"Washington - 1780" : The Downtown Square Clock image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 2, 2009
4. "Washington - 1780" : The Downtown Square Clock
The Washington-Wilkes Firsts Marker is seen on the clock's base. To the right, at the photo's edge is seen the "Old Inn Site" historical marker.
Surrounding the clock along the public square are the storefronts and buildings of the Washington Commercial Historic District, which was listed with the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
 
 
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