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1775First Crop grown in Kentucky by Kenton
Jonathan Higgs, built a cabin near the present east end of York Street
1782Battle of Blue Licks Aug 19
1783The Treaty of Paris was signed between Great Britain and the United States September 3
1784Kenton's Station Built
1785Simon Kenton sold 700 acres to two Virginians, Arthur Fox and William Wood, who decided to lay out Washington on a one-mile square grid-iron site, sell lots, and turn a profit.
Joseph Logan, the first white child born in Mason County, arrived on September 27, (at McKinley’s blockhouse)
1785 - 1786Northwest Indian War
1786Washington obtains a Virginia charter
Dolly Wood, the first white female born in Mason County, arrived on December 14
1787Mefford's Station assembled near Washington (is the last known flatboat house in existence)
1788Washington named seat of Mason County VA
1789First County Court Held
1789George Washington inaugurated as first president of the United States of America.
1790The first federal census lists four hundred sixty-two residents living in one hundred nineteen houses, making Washington the second largest town in Kentucky.
KY legislature grants money to build 22 water wells for fire suppression. (these are the first public waterworks west of the Alleghenies.)
Log cabin housing "Cane Break" shop built
The first tavern license in Mason County was issued to David Broderick
1792Kentucky joins Union as 15th State
1793Simon Kenton and a party of settlers crossed the Ohio River to attack one of the last group of Native Americans returning from a raid into central Kentucky.
1794Stone Courthouse built
Battle of Fallen Timbers
US Post Office Established and was designated as the mail distribution center for the entire Northwest Territory including the present states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
1797Washington's first paper "The Mirror" published
1798Washington's first academy
a lottery was authorized to raise one thousand dollars to introduce a public water works into the town from a public spring. The plan failed and the proceeds raised were used to sink 22 wells throughout the village, creating the first public water works system West of the Allegheny Mountains.
1800Federal Hill Built
1807Cedar Hill built
1809First bank in Northern Kentucky
1811Washington forms library
First Steamboat traffic on
the Ohio River
1820 The Maysville and Lexington Railroad was laid out from Lexington to the Ohio River bypassing Washington, a serious blow to the future economy of the town
1825 Disaster struck in April 1825, when a fire destroyed thirteen buildings including two taverns.
1829Maysville - Washington Road
1832 - 1833Outbreaks of cholera significantly reduced the population
1848Mason County seat moves to Maysville
1853Non-Native Hemp variety cultivated.
1909Courthouse destroyed by lightning
1918Last Washington School built
1934WPA era historical sketch of Washington
1962Washington becomes an incorporated village
1974Washington School Burns
1975An archaeological survey was completed. The physical survey and historical research of others led to the discovery of additional historic sites and artifacts both inside and outside of the original historic district boundary
1976National Register of Historic Places application
1990Maysville annexes Washington
US Census reports 749 population
2005-2006Archaeological Survey

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