Georgetown, Kentucky

Georgetown Business Signs

Georgetown is a home rule-class city located in the northern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Kentucky.  Prior to meddling by those of European ancestry, this area had been inhabited for roughly 15,000 years.  The first European incursions along the banks of Elkhorn Creek occurred around 1774 when an expedition from Fincastle County, Virginia, led by Colonel John Floyd, arrived.  He was granted a claim of 1,000 acres in the area as a result of his military service.  He named it Royal Spring but never settled there.  Subsequently, John McClellan arrived in the area in 1775, and established McClellan’s Station.  However, following an attack by Native Americans the next year, this settlement was abandoned too.  Finally, Baptist preacher Elijah Craig led his congregation into the area in 1782.  They established a new settlement they called Lebanon.  Eventually, this name would change to Georgetown, in honor of George Washington.  Interestingly, Craig also founded Rittenhouse Academy, which would eventually grow into Georgetown College.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the home rule-class city of Georgetown, Kentucky has a total population of 33,440 people.  This makes it the seventh most populous city in the state of Kentucky.  Additionally, Georgetown, Kentucky is considered part of the Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to that same estimate, has a total population of 506,751 people.  This makes it the 106th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

As reported by the Georgetown/Scott County 2016 Community Profile, the three largest employers in the Georgetown, Kentucky area are the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky factory, Scott County Schools, and Johnson Controls, responsible for 9,543, 1,655, and 763 jobs, respectively.

The Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky factory, which began production in May of 1988, was the first wholly owned United States Toyota plant.  “It is the largest building in terms of acres covered under one building in the United States, with over 200 acres occupied.”  Currently, this plant builds the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Venza, Avalon, and Lexus ES automobiles.

Georgetown College, which was established by Elijah Craig in 1829 as Rittenhouse Academy, is a private, Christian liberal arts college.  It is also a small institution, with just 880 undergraduates and 622 postgraduates enrolled into its various programs.  The Georgetown Tigers, who play in NAIA Mid-South Conference, have been National Finalists in football five times and have won 5 National NAIA Men’s Basketball Tournament Titles.

Elsewhere in the city of Georgetown, Kentucky are located various landmarks of note.  Among them, the Scott County Courthouse, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is the Oxford Historic District, which is considered a U.S. Historic District as well.  Ward Hall, considered a U.S. Historic District unto itself, and also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is a Greek Revival antebellum plantation mansion.  This mansion was built in 1853 by the architect Thomas Lewinski.

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