Georgetown Area Guide

Welcome to the scenic heritage site of Georgetown, Kentucky! Draped in gorgeous Victorian architecture and looming oaks, this tightly knit community is home to the largest building in the United States and proudly totes the name of the Nation’s very first President. Renowned for centuries for its top-notch yield of award winning thoroughbred horses and incredible naturalistic settings, Georgetown is one of the finest cities in the world to live, love, and enjoy adventure!

Georgetown is a refined, rural city located in Scott County. It was originally settled by Native Americans who lived and hunted along the banks of the lush Elkhorn Creek some fifteen thousand years ago!

European explorers began arriving as early as 1775 beginning with Colonel John Floyd, who was awarded one-thousand acres of impressive Kentucky farmland in recognition of his admiral service by the state of Virginia.

Georgetown began to grow commercially around the year 1785 following the arrival of Reverend Elijah Craig, who migrated from Virginia in pursuit of greater religious liberties.

The city of Lebanon was incorporated on December 16, 1790, after Reverend Craig established some of the first mills in the region known for producing fine cloth and paper.

Elijah Craig is also founded the first school in Georgetown, which would eventually serve as the foundation for the prestigious Georgetown College.

Scott County became one of the first two counties officially established by the Kentucky Legislature and was named for Revolutionary War hero General Charles Scott, who would later serve a term as the Commonwealth’s Governor beginning in 1808.

When Kentucky became the 15th State of the Union in 1792, Lebanon’s name was changed to Georgetown.

In 1829, the superior classical educational institution of Georgetown College was founded by a sect of orthodox Baptists seeking to improve higher learning in the surrounding area. In 1898 it became one of the first coeducational institutions of its kind in the region.

Throughout the nineteenth century, Georgetown flourished socially and economically fueled by the proliferation of tobacco, mills, distilleries, and manufacturing.

Later in the century, railroads would further boost the economy’s prolific upswing, and beginning in the 20th Century the area’s commercial base would begin a transition from agrarian factors to one predicated upon a mixture of manufacturing, small business, and agriculture.

In the 1960’s, major interstates were constructed to make transit more easy. In 1985, the area received its biggest boost as car giant Toyota chose Georgetown as the site of its first American assembly plant, which is currently the largest building in the country!