Washington County is one of five Alabama Counties making up the lower Alabama area. The County Seat, Chatom, is approximately 61 miles north of downtown Mobile. The county covers 1,081 sq. mi. with a population of 18,097 and is known for its recreational, industrial, and historical importance.
Named after General George Washington, Washington County, Alabama is rich in history – the first chartered school, the state’s first bank, location of the first territorial capital, and the first county of Alabama. Effort is under way by the Washington County Historical Society and Washington County Museum Board to preserve the artifacts and legends that reveal the historical treasures within the county. The recent archeological excavations at Old Fort St. Stephens are of great interest to histori-ans. With local and State funding the site has been transformed into a State Park.
Washington County is located in southwest Alabama and enclosed by the Mississippi state line. Choc-taw County, the Tombigbee River and Mobile County. The county is about 60 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, and exceeds 682,000 acres and about 1,065 square miles. About 88 percent of the land area is situated forest and pine plantations.
Urban areas comprise about 7,900 acres in the towns of Chatom, McIntosh and Millry. Leroy, Al. is a large geographical community of approximately 800 residents. The average annual temperature is 74 degrees and the average annual rainfall is 57 inches. Washington County’s population is approximately 18,097 people. Agriculture is an important part of rural Washington County.