Washington is the county seat of Rappahannock County, Virginia, United States. The site of this town was surveyed by George Washington in July 1749. It was the first of what would be many American places to be named for the future first president. Its population was just 135 people at the 2010 census, down from 183 in the 2000 census. It is nicknamed Little Washington to avoid confusion with Washington, D.C., which is only 70 miles (110 km) to the east.