Historic Markers Across Georgia

Fort Washington Park

Marker ID: CWsh 
Location: In Fort Washington Park behind courthouse, Washington, GA
County: Wilkes
Coordinates: N 33° 44.344    W 082° 44.303
  33.73906    -82.73838
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMZP8
Fort Washington Park Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Fort Washington Park is the site of a stockade built by the family of Stephen Heard, governor of Georgia - 1781. Cherokee and Creek Indians had ceded their land on June 1, 1773, and the settles for Virginia arrived in December 1773.

During the Revolutionary period, this stockade was named Fort Washington in honor of General George Washington. In 1780, the revolutionary government of Georgia granted a charter to lay out a city to be named Washington, the first incorporated city in the country to be named for George Washington, nine years before he became our first president.

The John Nelson Stone is located here, six miles north of the Fortson Place where the granite marker originally was located. Inscribed on the marker are: the year 1775, when John Nelson received a land grant from King George III of England, the year 1792 and the Land grant survey.

Fort Washington Park
Photo by David Seibert