Part of the deed for Presbyterian property signed by R.W. Colville.
Published: 4:31 PM, 10/25/2013
Author: Pat Guffey Source: The Herald-News
In looking back to the days of “glory” in the town of Washington, we see that it was a thriving metropolis and worthy of remembering during its heyday. According to research, Washington boasted four inns or taverns, two blacksmith shops, two cotton gins, a large tan yard (for tanning hides), a cotton market house, seven retail general stores, one hatter shop (a hatter makes and/or sells hats), two jewelry stores, two doctors’ offices, and a church house south of the courthouse square. (When Monmouth Church was begun, the building was also used by other Protestant denominations, except free lovers.) Also, there were wholesale business houses, a courthouse and a jail. It is said that Washington missed being the state capital by only one vote in the legislature; however, that information has never surfaced in any of the state documents.
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