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Wilkes County

Profile
Incorporated Date: 
February 25, 1784
Population: 
10,282
Total Area: 
680.5 sq mi
Contact Information
23 Court St., Room 222
Washington, GA 30673
Phone Number: 
(706) 678-2511
Fax Number: 
(706) 678-3033

Wilkes County was one of the original counties created from Indian lands in 1773. The legislature designated the county in 1777 and thereafter divided it many times to form other counties. Its name pays homage to John Wilkes who had championed colonists' issues in the British House of Commons prior to the Revolutionary War. Historians believe that Washington, the county seat, is the first town in America to have been named for the first president.