Place:Washington, Florida, United States

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Washington County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,935. Its county seat is Chipley, Florida. Washington County is a prohibition or entirely dry county, meaning that the sale of alcoholic beverages is banned in the county.

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History

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Washington County, Florida was created in 1825, and was nearly twice the size of the State of Delaware, stretching all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. After a century of boundary shifts, the county, with over of rolling hills covered in thick, stately pines and mixed hardwood forests, now covers a large portion of the central Florida Panhandle.

Over a span of more than 150 years, Washington County has seen Native American, Spanish and English cultural influences. The County's historical lore is rich with stories of the exploits of Andrew Jackson. There are numerous Native American Mounds and evidence of strong settlements still being discovered.

Named after George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, the area was first settled by those seeking both economic and political freedom in this frontier land of vast timber and mineral resources. Inland waterway transportation brought about heavy river settlements. The arrival of railroads in the late 1800s boosted economic, social and political developments.

Vernon, the geographical center of the county derives is named for George Washington's Virginia home, Mt. Vernon. The pioneer town was also the site of a major Indian settlement.

The county courthouse was located in Vernon during the early part of this century until a railroad town in northeastern Washington County, Chipley, became the new and present county seat in 1927.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1825 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1877 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1920 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1830 978
1840 859
1850 1,950
1860 2,154
1870 2,302
1880 4,089
1890 6,426
1900 10,154
1910 16,403
1920 11,828
1930 12,180
1940 12,302
1950 11,888
1960 11,249
1970 11,453
1980 14,509
1990 16,919

Note: Jackson's 1830 population excludes the portion west of Holmes Creek, which was reported with Washington, and includes the portion of Washington on the Chipola and Apalachicola Rivers.. Walton's 1830 population is for the territory between the Choctowatchee and Yellow Rivers, including the isthmus south of the Choctowatchee; part of this area was in Washington County.

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