In the heart of the Cumberland Valley, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, lies Washington County―site of one of the nation’s oldest settlements dating back to 1737. Its location between
Pennsylvania and West Virginia places this county at the crossroads of history and commerce. Washington County celebrates the birth and survival of a place and its people over centuries and mirrors the growth of our nation. American history comes alive in this region created independent of Frederick County in 1776, named for Gen. George Washington, and settled by English, French, Swiss, German, and Scottish settlers. Forgotten images of historic mills and bridges will allow readers to journey to the past. Remember the days of the C&O Canal and a way of life that has disappeared forever. Visit historic sites such as Fort Frederick and the first monument to honor George Washington. Relive the heyday of Pen Mar Park and enjoy the waters of Belinda Springs. Feel the effects that the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam, the National Road, and the coming of the railroad all had on this remarkable area years ago.