COUNTY FLORIDA - HISTORY
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
382,000 acres of rolling hills covered in thick, stately pines and
mixed hardwood forests, now covers a vast portion of the central
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.
after George Washington, the area was first settled by those seeking
both economic and political freedoms 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
1800's boosted economic, social and political developments.
in Chipley Florida 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.
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.