Historic Markers Across Alabama

Washington County

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: 45 Court Street, Chatom, AL
County: Washington
Coordinates: N 31° 27.948    W 088° 15.373
  31.4658    -88.25621666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Waymark: None


Washington County
First County in Alabama

Created in 1800 by proclamation of governor of Mississippi Territory.
This was first U.S. civil government in area that was to become Alabama.

Its original boundaries:
East to west: Chattahoochee to Pearl River;
South, 31° lat. (present Ala.-Fla. line)
North, 32° 28', a line just north of
Phenix City - Montgomery - York.
From these 25,000 square miles have come
26 counties in Alabama, Mississippi.

Washington County
Early history of this area

1519-1700 Claimed by Spain as part of Florida by discovery, exploration, conquest and attempted settlement.1700-1763 Claimed by France as part of Louisiana by exploration, settlement.1763-1780 Seized by England as part of West Florida after defeating French.1780-1795 Regained by Spain during American Revolution by invasion, occupation. 1795 - Spain ceded area to U.S. 1798 - U. S. created Mississippi Territory. (for history as first county, see other side)

Erected in 1959 by the Alabama Historical Association.

End of Washington County