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Washington County, TN has a colorful and fascinating history. It was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina and was named in honor of General George Washington while the Revolutionary War was underway. At that time, “Washington County” included the geographic area that later became the entire State of Tennessee. The County was also part of the “State of Franklin” from 1784 through 1788, in an attempt to create the 14th state prior to Tennessee becoming a state in 1746. The “Washington District” was the first political jurisdiction in the U.S. named for George Washington.

Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest Town, has been carefully restored as one of the nation’s most authentic historic districts from the period of 1790 – 1870 and is home to the International Storytelling Center. Johnson City, originally known as Johnson’s Depot, was a major railway center for the southeastern states and was the headquarters for the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio, and East Tennessee and Western North Carolina (Tweetsie) Raliroads.

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