Washington Family Trail

Washington Family Trail

The Washington Trail,Logan County, Kentucky is home to several cousins of the first President of the United States, George Washington. They came to this area just prior to and at the beginning of the 1800s. Some came to survey and probably to live a more prosperous life like, their other cousin in nearby Robertson County, Tennessee.

In Logan County, Ky. Warner Washington's grandson,John Whiting Washington, his wife Frances Baylor Washington and her parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baylor bought farm land in South Logan and built a home there. John also bought city lots in Russellville around 1804. In 1805 John began building his town home on the corner of Armstrong, St. and 9th Street (US 79) in Russellville, Ky. and is referred to as the "Washington-Clark House."

Catherine Washington's son, Gabriel Lewis moved into Kentucky in the 1790's to survey land grants for the Washington's, then from Warren Co. to Logan County in 1811. His home is between Auburn and Russellville on US 68/80 is known as "Elmwood".

Two of Warner Washington sons, William Whiting Washington and Fairfax Washington came to Logan Co. around 1811. William Whiting Washington built a home near Gordonsville and it was often referred to as "Green Ridge, The Mount Vernon of the South."

About the same time Fairfax Washington built his home near the community of Dot and not far from the Tennessee state line. The original house was of log. A brick house was later built and is referred to as "Fairfax Place." Fairfax Washington did business with his Washington cousin across the state line in Tennessee.

Joseph Washington, who moved to Robertson County Tennessee in 1790, his son George, Joseph Jr. and granddaughter, Jane had large family homes in Tennessee. They were known as "Wessington Plantation," "Washington Hall" and "Glenraven." They were located just south of Adams and Cedar Hill, Tennessee. Wessington Plantation and Glenraven still stand today. Washington Hall entry gates still stand displaying the family name but sadly, like Green Ridge, Washington Hall burned.

All of these homes are privately owned but an easy afternoon drive through out Logan County Kentucky and south into Robertson Co. Tennessee will take you by a big part of our early history and you can experience the movement of the Washington family as they settled in this part of Kentucky and Tennessee. For information about the Washington home places of Logan County contact 270-726-4181 or 726-1678.