Washington County was the first county created by the Kentucky State Legislature and named for the first President, George Washington. It was established in 1792 from land given by Nelson County. The Washington County Courthouse, completed in 1816, is the oldest courthouse still in use in Kentucky.
Residents enjoy the many stories and legends passed down from generation to generation about to the Lincoln family in Washington County. They are also fortunate that the relics and artifacts still available from the Lincoln's residence are either maintained by Lincoln Homestead State Park or by families in the area.
Springfield, which is the county seat, also remembers the Civil War, as both Union and Confederate troops passed through the area on their way to the Battle of Perryville.
Washington County has a rich history and we hope you will enjoy exploring Washington County.