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Washington County was founded in 1777. It was named in honor of George Washington. Colonel in the Colonial Army, Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Army, First President of the United States of America.

This is perhaps the oldest settled county in the State. Jonesboro, the county scat, claims to be the oldest town in Tennessee. Its population is 895. Other towns are, Limestone, Millbrook, Telford, Buffalo, Johnson City, Brownsborough, Carrville and Fall Branch. The East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad passes through the county, and the Western and North Carolina Railroad (narrow gauge) has its terminus at Johnson City. The Nola Chucky River runs through the county. There are also numerous creeks, which afford good water power. Timber is abundant.

The southern portion of the county is mountainous and the county generally broken. The valleys are fertile and there is much productive upland. Iron ore is found in great abundance. There is also some lead and zinc. Washington county is very largely an agricultural county. Its products are com, wheat, oats, buckwheat and fruit. There is a fruit-canning establishment at Johnson City. Much dried fruit and poultry are shipped from the county. Some manufacturing is also done. The county has u foundry where agricultural implements are made, and has also many mills propelled by water power.

The prevailing churches are Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian and Christian. County taxes are, on 8100: for schools, 20 cents; roads, 15 cents; county purposes, 30 cents. There is a good academy at Jonesboro.
Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882



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