Washington in Wilkes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers • Women.
Location. 33° 44.217′ N, 82° 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. The marker is attached to the clock at the south end of the open space south of the Wilkes County courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington GA 30673, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,025 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on March 16, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 2. submitted on April 23, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 3. submitted on March 16, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 4. submitted on June 10, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.