Jefferson County, WV
A little-known fact about Jefferson County is that George Washington, our first President, was an early settler in this area and was responsible for many members of the Washington family settling here as well. In fact, present-day Jefferson County has at least six Washington family homes still standing today.
George's nephew Samuel built his home, Harewood in 1770, several miles west of present day Charles Town. This home is still owned by his descendants and is opened to the public for special occasions.
Charles Town is named after its founder, Charles Washington, youngest brother of George. Charles built his home, known as Happy Retreat, here in 1780. Charles dreamed of starting a town and in 1786 petitioned the Virginia General Assembly to start Charlestowne (as it was spelled then). The petition was granted, and Charles set aside 80 acres of his own property for development. He actively participated in the city planning and named several streets after family members. He also donated the four corner lots in the center of town for buildings of the town and county. He did this with the provision that Charlestowne was named the county seat of the new county expected to be formed. The new county, Jefferson, was formed in 1801, and the lots at the corners of George and Washington Streets are still occupied today by buildings of various government entities.
Jefferson County, WV Properties
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