Old County Courthouse



Washington County, Utah

The Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) is a non-profit organization incorporated on April 25, 1983. It was formed to promote and perpetuate the history of Washington County, Utah. WCHS exists to encourage and assist all interested Washington County communities with the organization of their city historical societies and to encourage them to promote historical preservation in their communities.

Governance of the Washington County Historical Society was revised on January 27,2021 to more closely reflect how the organization has been or should be operating.

The Washington County Historical Society has been involved in many activities and projects since it was organized. One of its projects was to produce an audio tour tape/CD, a "Traveling History of Washington County, Utah." This "Traveling History" is still available for free until the supply is exhausted.

The Society maintains this website as a way of making our history readily available to anyone with internet access. It provides a place to record information about the County's people, places, organizations, and activities and includes links to other such information elsewhere on the web. The site is constantly evolving and should get better over time. If you have information that should be included or corrections to anything here, please contact us. Old photographs and stories are particularly solicited.

In 2005, the Washington County Historical Society adopted a program to make $1,000 grants available to those communities who had representatives serving on the County Historical Society Board. A number of these grants have been made to support worthy preservation projects. Applications are still being considered.

Another program, adopted in 2006, was to award "Certificates of Commendation" to individuals or groups in Washington County who had been instrumental in a significant historical restoration. Awards were made each month at the WCHS general membership meetings and were publicized in local newspapers. This program was discontinued after March of 2008.

Check our online calendar for current activities.

Funds for Washington County Historical Society activities and projects are raised by memberships and donations from the community. Time and talents are donated by our many wonderful volunteers.