City of Washington



About Us

We take pride in our history and heritage and are always looking for growth that will benefit Washington-Wilkes. The city of Washington claims to be first in many historical events:

First city in the nation to be established in the name of George Washington, 1780
First Baptist church in upper Georgia at Fishing Creek, 1783. Historical Marker [4]
First Methodist church in Georgia was organized at Grant's Meeting House [5] in Wilkes County, 1787. Historical Marker
First Presbyterian minister ordained in Georgia was John Springer in Wilkes County, 1790. Historical Marker
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 (inducted into Georgia Women of Achievement in 2006).
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.

- City of Washington Departments –
City Hall 706-678-3277

Main Street / Downtown Program - 706-401-2372

Callaway Plantation 706-678-7060

Edward B Pope Conference Center 706-678-7673

Electric Warehouse 706-678-1635

Family Connection Office 706-678-7570

Fire Dept. Business Office 706-678-711