Incorporated in 1827, Washington Boro had two churches and several stores by midcentury for a population of nearly 700. Water Street is graced with several handsome Federal-style brick houses characterized by paired chimneys in the broad end gables that attest to the early speculative interest in the region. The little Methodist church (1964 Water Street) has a plaque honoring Chaplain George E. Thomas upon his entering the U.S. Navy in 1943.
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