Washington, named in honor of President George Washington, incorporated in 1804.
This county seat of Wilkes County maintains more antebellum homes than any other city of its size in the state. Also of interest are the Robert Toombs House, the Washington Historical Museum, and the Heard House, the site where Jefferson Davis formally dissolved the Confederacy on May 5, 1865.
During the final days of the Civil War, the Confederate treasury, thought to be more than half a million dollars in gold, ended up in Washington. Jefferson Davis seized some of this gold, Union soldiers captured a portion, and the rest disappeared; some speculate that the gold lies buried somewhere in Wilkes County.