Georgetown, KY Attractions
History; Arts & Culture; Downtown; Sports; Barn Quilt Trail; Scott County Gems; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc.; Japanese Sister City; Free Things to Do
Historic Downtown Georgetown is one of the most picturesque Victorian downtown areas in Kentucky. It is home to an impressive array of antique shops, unique boutiques, and restaurants & coffee shops that serve everything from country cooking to continental cuisine.
A walking tour of downtown Georgetown offers a look at some of the city's outstanding residential and commercial architecture that includes over 200 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The GEORGETOWN CITY HALL building was constructed in 1899 on the east end of the site of the famous old Mahoney-Pratt Hotel. It was designed by B.C. DeCamp and built by G.B. Glass. How a seat of government which was to be a brick Romanesque-style structure came to have a stone facade is a tale to be recovered from reading the newspapers of 1899. By October after the letting of the contract in June 1899, bricks were being laid. An uproar ensued, the brick had an "ugly, dingy look." Work was suspended in November so that the dilemma could be settled. It was finally decided to relay the east wall with red mortar and to face the entire front as well as the side of the tower with stone. While the decorativeness of the brick articulation could not be repeated with stone, a certain stylishness is evident in the effect. Restoration of City Hall began late 1980. While in the downtown area, explore the wonderful antique and specialty shops. A tour brochure and map are available, but keep in mind that all residential home interiors are closed to the public. The length of the tour is between two and three hours.
The SCOTT COUNTY COURTHOUSE, the fourth to be constructed, was built in 1877 in the second empire or "General Grant" style. It was designed by Pittsburgh architect Thomas Boyd and was most recently renovated in 1995. The courthouse interior is open to the public.