Georgetown KY History

The city of Georgetown, Kentucky (not to be confused with the capital in Washington D.C.) was founded by Drury Linton who led a group of people from his home state of Maryland and settled along the banks of Silver Creek around 1790. The population quickly grew as many pioneers who were traveling westward looked to settle there because of its natural beauty and rich soil. In the following years, the fledgling town of Georgetown was a popular stop along the road to Tennessee. Stagecoaches that passed through would often give stage drivers a reason to spend several days in this up-and-coming city.

Georgetown’s strategic location helped it grow from a population of ten at its inception to being the second-largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the mid-nineteenth century. Its population boomed to its present level when Georgetown College (now University) was founded in 1829 and the first railroad came through town in 1854.

The college and railway were two key ingredients that helped transform this small hunting and trading community into a wealthy “New South” city.

Georgetown has not lost its small-town charm over the past two centuries, though. Its historic downtown is still one of the most vibrant in this part of Kentucky. Georgetown’s population is still growing and it remains a focal point for southern central Kentucky.