Washington County
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Washington County, is located in Western Maryland, bordered by Pennsylvania on the North and West Virginia on the South. It was created from Frederick County in 1776 and was named in honor of George Washington .

Washington County is the heart of the fruit industry in Maryland. Apple and peach growers harvest over 26 million pounds each year. Dairying is also very important in Washington County. In addition to milk and fruit, the chief agricultural goods are cereal grains.

A rich historical heritage adds to the attractions for tourists. Antietam National Battlefield is located in the Sharpsburg area. Approximately 350,000 visitors tour the battlefield each year. It was at Antietam, during the Civil War, that the bloodiest single-day battle in American history took place. The county seat is Hagerstown.

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Below is some interesting census information about Washington County. Look at the way the county population has changed over the years!

Population Information for Washington County
Population % of MD Population
1790 Census 15,822 4.9%
1890 Census 39,782 3.8%
1990 Census 121,393 2.5%
2000 Census 131,923 2.5%

© Copyright October 16, 1997, Office of the Secretary of State.
Last Modified March 07, 2003 .