Welcome to Washington County, KY
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Founded in 1792
Washington County was the first county formed in the
Commonwealth of Kentucky when it reached statehood. The county
is named for George Washington.
The Washington County Courthouse in Springfield, completed in
1816, is the oldest courthouse still in use in Kentucky.
A significant county court record is the marriage bond of
President Abraham Lincoln's parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy
Hanks. The bond is dated June 10, 1806; the day before the
marriage in the small community of Beechland on the Little
Beech River. The marriage return was signed by Jesse Head, the
Methodist preacher who performed the ceremony, and dates the
marriage to June 12, 1806.
The center of population of Kentucky is located in Washington
County, in the city of Willisburg.
Cities, Towns and Communities
* Bear Wallow * Fredericktown * Mackville * Manton
* Springfield * Willisburg * Thompsonville
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