House is a retirement complex that offers independent living
apartments to total nursing care. It is one of several Wesley
Home complexes that are located around the state of Iowa.
from Halcyon House to the building that has been remodeled into an
apartment house of green tile. This was originally the Brinton
House built by Frank Brinton and his wife Indiana. Frank was
an inventor who had early prototypes of motion pictures and air
ships. His wife, Indiana, was considered to be somewhat
eccentric. Although fame managed to elude them they left
behind a trust that is still funding many worthy projects today.
right on McCreedy Drive.
the first tax supported rural hospital in the nation opened in
Washington. The first County Nurse program was started in
Washington County. It houses many specialty clinics
with Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
hospital addition was opened in December 2007.
right at South 4th Street. Turn left and follow East Polk into
South 9th. Proceed North on South 9th to Highway 92 (East
corner of South 9th and East Washington Street is the Conger House.
This house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and
houses the collections of the Washington Historical Society.
The original three room house was built in 1847 by Thomas Tichey,
Washington's first settler. In 1855 Jonathon Conger bought the
house and began adding to it. When it was completed in 1868,
the house was transformed into a home of generous proportions.
Conger died in 1904 and the house was passed to Conger's daughter,
Clara, and her husband Col. C.J. Wilson Wilson, an attorney,
served on the governor's staff for more than 30 years. After
his death in 1936 the house was used as a restaurant and later, a
nursing home. In 1973 the house was restored by the Conger
House Society. Conger House tours can be arranged by calling
319-653-5283 or 319-653-3125.
Follow Highway 92 East.
Presbyterian Home is a retirement complex that includes cottages,
apartments and nursing care. The original building was the
home of Senator Smith Wildman Brookhart,
Washington's only United States Senator.
around and follow Highway 92 West.
corner of South 2nd Avenue and Highway 92 is Blair House. The
house is a "little sister" to Terrace Hill (IA Governor's Mansion).
1880 by Winfield Smouse, who made his fortune buying and selling
land, the house was sold to Edwin Blair, a grain dealer, who lived
in the house until his death. In 1902 the Washington
Commercial Club bought the house and in 1925 it became the city
hall. In 1974 it was acquired by a group of citizens and
restored. It is presently used as office space and public
from the Blair House to the West is the State Theater, which was
originally known as the Graham Opera House and was the center of
Washington's entertainment for many years. Although it has
been modernized somewhat, much of the original interior decor can be
seen. The backstage area and the orchestra pit look very much
as they did in the theater's prime. It is used primarily for
movies, but an occasional live performance will be scheduled.
Continue West on Highway 92.
corner of South Iowa Avenue and Highway 92 is a restaurant that
serves authentic Mexican food. Originally the Smouse House,
was built by Winfield Smouse (who also built the Blair House)
1913 to 1916.
Continue West on Highway 92 to the intersection
Highway 1. Just past that intersection turn left
Old 92 (250th Street.)
North Entrance to the Washington County Fairground you will see
McCleery Auditorium. It was built in the mid 1970's with
Richard McCleery (local entrepreneur) donating half the money and
the other half being raised in the community. It is home to
Community Theater and is the site for most of the Washington's
concerts and theatrical events.
North on Highway 1 and 92 to West Main Street, turn right and
proceed East across the railroad tracks to the corner of North
Avenue H and West Main.
is the beginning of the Washington end of the Kewash Nature Trail,
which follows a rout of about 14 miles West through timber and
prairie remnants across Crooked Creek to the city of Keota. If
you choose to hike or bike on the trail, you will pass Hayes Timber,
a wonderful place to hike and observe nature. The
Trail and Hayes Timber are maintained by the
County Conservation Board.
has 3 times been recognized as
the Best Small Towns in America" as
Norman Crampton's books.
grass and almost no trees once covered Washington.
county is a national leader in corn, soybean, pork
production. For nearly 50 years the county led the
years Washington was home to one of the world's major calendar
factories. The McCleery-Cummings Company was founded by Hugh
McCleery in 1904 and printed the George Washington Line of Calendars
until closing in 2004. One of its major accounts was the
Playboy Corporation. For many years all the Playboy calendars
were printed here in Washington.
of pearl buttons were once produced in Washington. Now
Washington's manufacturing base includes: 2 biodiesel plants,
building trusses made at Engineered Building Design,
made at Modine and wire products made at Whitesell.
Syngetna (NK) seed plant is one of the world's
seed processing facilities.
Parker Chipman, a local Civil War soldier, started the process that
led to the creation of Memorial Day.
Jackson won two medals in the 1912 Olympics for marksmanship.
Babcock Miller served as the first woman elected to a statewide
office in Iowa. She served as the Secretary of State until her
death in 1937 and began the Iowa Highway Patrol. A building in
the State Capital Complex in Des Moines is named in her honor.
a Washington farmer, grew a stalk of corn in 1946 to the height of
31 feet 7/8 inches, which is a world record.
is known as the "City of flowers and trees".
take note of the many beautiful gardens and the
of shady streets.
tours can be arranged by calling
Washington Chamber of Commerce at 319-653-3272.