Looking into the history of George Washington and Washington County, Md.


Washington County was the first county in the United States to be named for the revolutionary war general, and later president, George Washington. 

Here in Washington County lies a historical rugged stone tower. 

Matthew Borders, store associate at Antietam Battlefield, said “Washington County Maryland has the first monument to George Washington. That’s up on south mountain state park. It’s a wonderful little stone tower monument. The Washington County State Park Monument is older than the one in downtown Baltimore. “

Washington County was founded in 1776 and the legacy of our first president and founding father lives on — where there are restaurants, streets, and parks named here in the county in his honor. 

Although the county got its name “Washington County” in 1776, the Washington Monument was initially established by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827 and was the first completed monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington.

The first George Washington monument can be seen atop South Mountain at the Washington Monument state park upon hiking up the trail. 

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