Washington County is a county of the State of Maine. In the year 2000, its population was 33,941 inhabitants. The county seat is Machias. It is often referred to as the "Dawn County" due to its geographic location, since it is the first region of the United States where the sun rises. Several fishing communities depend on fish farms as an economic resource, apart from tourism throughout the county. The business of blueberries plays an important role in the economy. About 85% of international exports depart from Washington. The county was founded on June 25,1789.