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Georgetown in Scott County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Beginnings of George Town

 
 
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By Dave Knoch, September 1, 2015
1. The Beginnings of George Town Marker
Inscription. From Colonial Virginia in 1774 John Floyd, deputy surveyor for Fincastle County, led a party to locate Kentucky lands as compensation for soldiers of the French and Indian War. On July 7 Floyd and William Nash discovered a spring that became known as "Mr. Floyd's Spring." Floyd received the spring and 1,000 acres for his work.

In spring of 1775, a Westmoreland County, Pa., party including John McClelland, surveyed the land. McClelland built a cabin here in October. Floyd assigned McClelland the spring. McClelland, killed by Indians, was buried on the bluff and the fort was abandoned in early 1777.

Elijah Craig settled the tracts in 1786, receiving title in 1789. Called Lebanon, it became George Town in 1790 to honor the first U.S. President.

Erected by the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 
Erected 2004 by Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
 
Location. 38° 12.505′ N, 84° 33.725′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Kentucky, in Scott County. Marker can be reached from South Water Street west of West College Street. Click for map. Marker is located in the southwest corner of Royal Spring Park a few feet from the edge of the spring. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown KY 40324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scott County Revolutionary War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Royal Spring (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. Basil W. Duke, C.S.A. - Basil W. Duke (1838-1916) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Remember the Raisin! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scott County, 1792 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scott County Courthouse / Goebel Trial Here (approx. 0.2 miles away); Payne-Desha House / Joseph Desha (1768-1842) (approx. mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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