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YHT Washington: History Of Washington, Georgia

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Located about 50 minutes Northwest of Augusta, Washington, Georgia was established in 1780 and is the first city in the nation to be named in honor of George Washington.

Washington is in Wilkes County, which is one of the first eight counties formed in the state of Georgia.

Washington is built around a quaint town square that boasts beautiful, unique stores and shops, as well as the City Hall.

The city is filled with museums and historic sites marking its founding and role in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

The area is well known for the robbery of Confederate gold by bandits in 1865 who got away with an estimated $179,000 worth of gold.

Resident Mark Waters explains, "the reason why that money came south with the treasury, the state of Virginia entered into a loan agreement with General Lee to feed his army in March of 1865. The Confederacy was bankrupt, so this was some of the money that was there."

Each year, hundreds of tourists come to the area in search of the the missing Confederate gold.

Washington also has more than 100 antebellum houses, which is the most per capita in the state of Georgia.

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