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Washington County, Kentucky

US county information
NameWashington County
US Area
Total Area301.52 sq mi (780.9 km2)
Land Area300.59 sq mi (778.5 km2)
Water Area0.93 sq mi (2.4 km2)
Population10916 (2000)
Density13.9/km2 (36/sq mi)
Named forGeorge Washington (1732 1799), American Revolutionary War General and First President of the United States.
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 10,916. Its county seat is Springfield. The county is named for George Washington. Washington County was the first county formed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky when it reached statehood. The center of population of Kentucky is located in Washington County, in the city of Willisburg.

The county is dry, meaning that the sale of alcohol is prohibited, but it contains the "wet" city of Springfield, where retail alcohol sales are allowed. This classifies the jurisdiction as a moist county. Three wineries operate in the county and are licensed separately to sell to the public. Jacob Beam, founder of Jim Beam whiskey, sold his first barrel of whiskey in Washington County.

The Washington County Courthouse, completed in 1816, is the oldest courthouse still in use in Kentucky. A significant county court record is the marriage bond of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, parents of President Abraham Lincoln. The bond is dated June 10, 1806; it was written the day before the marriage in the small community of Beechland on the Little Beech River. The marriage return was signed by Jesse Head, the Methodist preacher who performed the ceremony, and dates the marriage to June 12, 1806.

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