Georgetown in Scott County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Payne-Desha House / Joseph Desha (1768-1842)
Payne-Desha House. Built ca. 1814-15 by Robert Payne, a veteran of Battle of the Thames in War of 1812. Former Kentucky Governor Joseph Desha bought the Federal-style stone house in 1841. In late 19th century, Italianate alterations to exterior included porches and roof brackets. Inside, original staircase, arched hallway, and hand-carved mantels remain.
Joseph Desha (1768-1842). A major general in War of 1812, Desha served in Kentucky House of Representatives (1797, 1799-1802), as state senator (1802-07), and in U.S. Congress (1807-19). His term as governor (1824-28) was marked by controversy. The Deshas retired to a Harrison County farm in 1828, then moved to this house 13 years later, where he died October 11, 1842.
Erected 1999 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways; presented by Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Shacklette. (Marker Number 2021.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Government & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 11, 1842.
Location. 38° 12.714′ N, 84° 33.805′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Kentucky, in Scott County. Marker is at the intersection of Quail Run Drive and Kelly Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Quail Run Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Quail Run Drive, Georgetown KY 40324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scott County Jail / Scott County Jailer's House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church (about 800 feet away); Birthplace of Bourbon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Royal Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scott County, 1792 (approx. ¼ mile away); Scott County Courthouse / Goebel Trial Here (approx. ¼ mile away); Gen. Basil W. Duke, C.S.A. / Basil W. Duke (1838-1916) (approx. ¼ mile away); Remember the Raisin! (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . . Joseph Desha - History of Kentucky Governors. (Submitted on December 16, 2015, by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2015, by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. 3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2015, by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. 5. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.