Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky

Overview

It is the birthplace of Kentucky's bourbon whiskey. The supposed inventor, Baptist preacher Elijah Craig incorporated Georgetown (then called Lebanon) in 1784 and renamed it in 1790. Like other American towns, Georgetown made the transition from a largely agricultural economy to one that combined small farms and small businesses with large scale manufacturing. This process was stepped up when the busy Interstate 75 reached Scott County and Georgetown. By 1985 it was the headquarters of the first US assembly plant of the automotive giant, Toyota. In the last decade, Georgetown's population grew by an amazing 61 percent to almost 30,000 people.


Things to Do

Take a tour of downtown Georgetown that will take you to some of 300 buildings registered as national historic sites. Visit art exhibits at one of the state's biggest galleries, the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts building. Go to the renowned Kentucky Horse Park and be greeted by a bronze statue of the legendary racehorse, Man O'War. Attend the Walking Farm tour and watch the twice-daily Parade of Breeds, after which visitors can meet their favorite horses and talk with the riders. You will have a heartwarming, uplifting experience if you visit the Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm. This is a retirement home for famous and not so famous racehorses. You can pet these old beauties and feed them with carrots and give them a kiss. Book your Georgetown Hotels with Reservations.com.


Restaurants and Dining

Lock & Key Cafe-Boutique is a bank, complete with a vault, marble floors and bullet holes in walls, that has been transformed into a coffee shop. The menu is for the most part American classics with a few original and surprising twists, such as the mashed potato soup and baked potato pie which diners love. Like many eating places today, Lock & Key has WIFI (very convenient) and a small shop where you can buy interesting mugs, scarves and jewelry. Most of the feedback is favorable but a few deplore the fact that the cafe sometimes opens late and closes early.

Tourist Attractions
Georgetown celebrates the Festival of the Horse as an homage to the role of the horse in Scott County and the state of Kentucky. It is a three-day affair attended by tens of thousands of visitors. Every year it starts with a Fireman's Chili Cook-off the night before the actual festival. Every year there is a Colt and Filly Children's Parade, a carnival, live music, food vendors selling delicious food, races, a pet parade, horse show and blessing of the animals to name just a few events. Admission is free.


Best Museums

The Georgetown and Scott County Museum is said to be the best of its size in Kentucky. It sponsors a program where local residents can learn something about their community by going on a tour of historic sites, attending discussions led by local historians, and participating in similar activities. Georgetown and Scott county were Native American hunting grounds before the French and Indian war broke out in 1754. Eventually American settlers came in, including Baptist preachers led by Elijah Craig, who turned to making paper and making whiskey. The museum contain an exhibit of the first pioneering settlers, a model T red fire truck, Civil War memorabilia, Native American arrowheads, and many other artifacts.

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