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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Scott County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Scott County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Scott County, KY (45) Bourbon County, KY (33) Fayette County, KY (275) Franklin County, KY (170) Grant County, KY (6) Harrison County, KY (24) Owen County, KY (11) Woodford County, KY (49)  ScottCounty(45) Scott County (45)  BourbonCounty(33) Bourbon County (33)  FayetteCounty(275) Fayette County (275)  FranklinCounty(170) Franklin County (170)  GrantCounty(6) Grant County (6)  HarrisonCounty(24) Harrison County (24)  OwenCounty(11) Owen County (11)  WoodfordCounty(49) Woodford County (49)
Georgetown is the county seat for Scott County
Adjacent to Scott County, Kentucky
      Bourbon County (33)  
      Fayette County (275)  
      Franklin County (170)  
      Grant County (6)  
      Harrison County (24)  
      Owen County (11)  
      Woodford County (49)  
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1 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — Birthplace of Bourbon
The Rev. Elijah Craig, Founder of "Craig's Classical School", first distilled Bourbon whiskey on this site in 1789. A pioneer from Virginia, the Rev. Craig set up his grain mill and used the fine limestone water of Royal Spring to develop the . . . Map (db m165206) HM
2 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 2286 — Branham's Mill / Galloway Pike Iron Bridge
Branham's Mill Bridge occupies historic creek crossing site of mill of Richard and James Branham. Richard, the father, received 200-acre land grant for service as sergeant in Washington's regiment in French and Indian War. Family occupied . . . Map (db m84666) HM
3 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 718 — Cardome
Home of Governor James F. Robinson, 1844 until death, age 82, in 1882. He succeeded Beriah Magoffin who resigned as Governor, August 1862, after refusing Lincoln's call for troops. Robinson supported Union during year as Governor. Lawyer, jurist of . . . Map (db m84808) HM
4 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 2112 — Chambers Ave. / Ed Davis School
Site of school built in 1894 for African American students. First principal, Charles Steele was founder of the school and of black education in Georgetown. He served until his death in 1908. Edward B. Davis, principal 1908-34, added a two-year . . . Map (db m163154) HM
5 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 135 — Choctaw Indian Academy1825 - 1843
The U.S. government established at Blue Springs Farm. Home of Vice President R.M. Johnson. Its first Indian school for sons of Indian chiefs. Future leaders of many tribes were educated here.Map (db m60025) HM
6 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — Confederate Captain J. Henry Wolfe House519 East Main Street
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior c. 1894Map (db m202950) HM
7 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 610 — Confederate Governor
Home of George W. Johnson, born 1811 in Scott Co. Named first Confederate Governor of Ky. in Nov. 1861, he followed CSA army's withdrawal to Tenn. from Bowling Green in Feb., 1862. He became aide to Gen. John C. Breckinridge but fought as private in . . . Map (db m9822) HM
8 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1841 — Early Education in Georgetown
The roots of Georgetown College go back to 1788, when Baptist minister Elijah Craig began an academy which offered classical education--Latin, Greek, and sciences. This early school was in large log house near corner of South Broadway and West . . . Map (db m163152) HM
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9 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1716 — First Baptist Church
Organized 1811, first meeting house erected here, 1815. Howard Malcom, pastor and president of Georgetown College, urged relocation of church near college and lease of original site to black congregation, 1842. G. W. Dupee, a slave, was first . . . Map (db m88633) HM
10 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 2496 — Garth School
First public school in Ky. built by the holding company plan, in which bonds were sold to build the school until construction costs could be paid. Garth was opened in 1926 on the site of the former Georgetown Female Seminary. Bricks from the . . . Map (db m165187) HM
11 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1861 — Gen. Basil W. Duke, C.S.A. / Basil W. Duke (1838-1916)
Gen. Basil W. Duke, C.S.A. A close associate of brother-in-law John Hunt Morgan, Duke provided tactics, discipline, and spirit, major elements of success of famous 2nd Ky. Cavalry. Wounded in battle twice, 1862; captured July 1863 in . . . Map (db m70576) HM
12 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1934 — Georgetown Cemetery
Incorporated 1850, with 31 acres purchased by 1860. Tombstones older than 1860 reflect reinterment from other graveyards. Buried here are Kentucky governors Joseph Desha and James F. Robinson, Confederate governor George W. Johnson, equine artist . . . Map (db m88387) HM
13 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — Georgetown Cemetery Confederate Monument
South Face C.S.A. KY. Confederate 1861 - Dead - 1865 East Face Wm. Simons, ARK. W. Hall, GA. Wm. Sutton, GA. Capt. John Black, TEX. Wm. Tanchill, TEX. Bryan Fitzpatrick, TEX. B. C. Wooten, KY. Wm. Wood, S.C. North Face Erected By The . . . Map (db m88438) WM
14 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1487 — Georgetown College
First Baptist College west of the Alleghenies. Chartered in January, 1829, by "The Trustees of the Kentucky Baptist Education Society." Later named Georgetown. The site of Rittenhouse Academy, Georgetown, chosen for the College, July, 1829. Giddings . . . Map (db m70524) HM
15 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — H.C. Blackburn House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202941) HM
16 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — Hambrick Village
Hambrick Village is named in honor of Dr. Horace Thomas Hambrick and Maribeth Porter Hambrick, both members of the Class of 1949. The Hambrick and Porter families have touched the life of Georgetown College in immeasurable ways. Horace and . . . Map (db m202940) HM
17 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1166 — Hemp in Scott County / Hemp in Kentucky
Hemp in Scott County Reverend Elijah Craig established at Georgetown, in 1789, one of the earliest ropewalks, which were long sheds for spiral winding of hemp fibers. Also started fulling mill in 1793. Both factories made cordage and rigging . . . Map (db m84825) HM
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18 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — In Memory of those Scott County BoysFor God and Country
For God and Country In memory of those Scott County Boys who were killed in action or died while in active service that justice, freedom and democracy might survive as the victorious ideal of the peoples of the world . . . Map (db m199315) WM
19 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — John B. Graves House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202951) HM
20 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — Johnson Family Cemetery
Col. Robert Johnson (1745-1815) of Orange County, Virginia established Johnson's Station at Great Crossing on North Elkhorn Creek in 1783 as the first permanent pioneer settlement in what is now Scott County, Kentucky. In 1785, he and his wife, . . . Map (db m202953) HM
21 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 52 — LaFayette's Tour — The LaFayette Trail —
On May 17, 1825, General LaFayette dined nearby at Blue Spring Farm, home of Richard Mentor Johnson, and lodged 5 mi. from Georgetown.Map (db m221965) HM
22 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 2491 — Miller's Run Historic District
Miller’s Run, a tributary of North Elkhorn Creek, was named for John Andrew Miller, an explorer from Pennsylvania who came to Scott County in 1775. The 870-acre district travels along Miller’s Run and contains eight early Kentucky houses. The John . . . Map (db m162996) HM
23 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1938 — New Zion
On Nov. 23, 1872, former slaves Calvin Hamilton and Primus Keene purchased 23 acres. They sold plots to other freedmen and formed black community of Briar Hill; it was later named New Zion. Keene sold land for community well, school, and church. . . . Map (db m35851) HM
24 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 2021 — 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 . . . Map (db m91634) HM
25 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 508 — Remember the Raisin!
Rendezvous of Kentucky Volunteers, Aug. 15, 1812, ordered to relieve Gen. Hull at Detroit. Kentuckians took Frenchtown (Monroe) on Raisin River Jan. 18, 1813. Four days later enemy attacked-killed, massacred, wounded, or captured all but 30. Of 1050 . . . Map (db m70577) HM
26 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 2363 — Robert Johnson / Jemima Suggett Johnson(1745-1815) / (1753-1814)
Robert Johnson (1745-1815) Moved from Beargrass to Bryan’s Station in 1780. Founded Johnson’s Station at Great Crossing, 1783. Represented Fayette Co. in Va. Assembly. Surveyor of Ky. Led defense against Indians, 1787-93. Trustee of . . . Map (db m198415) HM
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27 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 63 — Royal Spring
One of the finest in Kentucky. Discovered July 9, 1774, by Colonel John Floyd and party. Georgetown's source of water supply since earliest settlement. McClelland's Station, 1775.Map (db m88869) HM
28 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1454 — Scott County Courthouse / Goebel Trial Here
Scott County Courthouse. Present structure, 4th courthouse of Scott County, erected in 1877 at a cost of $34,600. It is an outstanding example of the French "Second Empire Style," known in U.S. as "Gen. Grant Style." Built of materials . . . Map (db m70536) HM
29 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 2605 — Scott County Jail / Scott County Jailer's House
Scott County Jail. The Scott County Jail was built in 1892 and used until 1991. The jail held Sec. of State Caleb Powers, who stood trial four times in connection to the 1900 assassination of Gov. William Goebel. Powers was eventually . . . Map (db m163002) HM
30 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — Scott County Korean & Vietnam Conflict's Memorial
Erected in memory of those Scott County men who were killed or died while serving their country in order to maintain our freedom and democracy Korean Conflict Glass, Alfred B. • Marks, Harry • Powers, Burnice Vietnam Conflict . . . Map (db m199318) WM
31 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — Scott County Revolutionary War Memorial
(South Face) In memory of McClelland and his men who defended the fort on this hill - 1776 - This monument is erected - by - the Big Spring Chapter D. A. R. - 1920 - Georgetown, Kentucky. (North Face) John McClelland and his men John . . . Map (db m88908) HM WM
32 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1248 — Scott County, 1792
Formed out of a part of Woodford County, it was the second created after Kentucky became a state. Named for Gen. Charles Scott, 1739-1813, a Va. native. Officer in Revolution, saw service at Trenton, 1776, Germantown and Monmouth, 1777, . . . Map (db m70537) HM
33 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — The Beginnings of George Town
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 . . . Map (db m88904) HM
34 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 739 — U.S. Vice President
Richard M. Johnson, 1780-1850, one of four Kentuckians - more than any state, except New York - who were U.S. Vice Presidents. Others were John C. Breckinridge, Adlai Ewing Stevenson and Alben W. Barkley. Johnson home 2 miles north. Colonel, War of . . . Map (db m88718) HM
35 Kentucky, Scott County, Georgetown — 1734 — Ward Hall
Junius R. Ward had this mansion (75 ft. by 75 ft.) built circa 1855. Striking features are its coquina (coral and fossils) foundation, 40 ft. columns, and stone window and door frames. A frequent guest was his niece-noted southern belle Sallie . . . Map (db m163001) HM
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36 Kentucky, Scott County, Midway — Audubon
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202956) HM
37 Kentucky, Scott County, Midway — History of Weisenberger Mill
Grist mills have been operating in Kentucky since the late 1700s. Water-powered mills were situated along creeks and streams. Dams were constructed along waterways to create a mill pond. The mill pond controlled the flow of water through a mill . . . Map (db m170104) HM
38 Kentucky, Scott County, Midway — 2267 — Zion Hill / Zion Hill School
Zion Hill Established prior to the end of slavery. Originally known as South EIkhorn Bend & Lenerson. The name was later changed to Zion Hill. It was a prominent African American community with two stores. church, and post office. . . . Map (db m170033) HM
39 Kentucky, Scott County, Midway — Zion Hill Community
Located off Paynes Depot Road in Scott County, Zion Hill is one of several remaining hamlets in central Kentucky. Hamlets were established by formerly enslaved persons in Scott County and other surrounding counties after the Civil War. Residents . . . Map (db m170103) HM
40 Kentucky, Scott County, Sadieville — 2037 — Robert H. Brooks(1915 - 1941)
Marker Front: Born Oct. 8, 1915, in Sadieville, this African American entered an "all white" National Guard unit before WW II began. As a private in Co. D, 192nd Tank Battalion, he was stationed in the Philippine Islands. Brooks was killed . . . Map (db m73112) HM WM
41 Kentucky, Scott County, Stamping Ground — 2091 — Buffalo Springs
This bowl-shaped basin is one of the state's three major "stamping grounds." Formed when bison herds trampled the soil by the spring, the area was at the junction of several trails used by migrating herds. After the bison left, the spring served the . . . Map (db m76644) HM
42 Kentucky, Scott County, Stamping Ground — 218 — Lindsay's Station
Anthony Lindsay chose this site for his station, built about 1790. It was located near Lecompte's Run. a branch of the Elkhorn named for Charles Lecompte, who was here with William McConnell and others in 1775. The station was on old buffalo . . . Map (db m166752) HM
43 Kentucky, Scott County, Stamping Ground — 217 — Stamping Ground
This area first explored April 1775 by Wm. McConnell, Charles Lecompte and party from Penn. Buffalo herds had stamped down undergrowth and ground around the spring - origin of town's name. McConnell and Lecompte in Battle of Blue Licks, KY., 1782.Map (db m84149) HM
44 Kentucky, Scott County, Stamping Ground — 2375 — Stonetown
In the late 1700s, slaves were brought to this area with their white owners as part of the "traveling church" from Va. In 1877, many former slaves moved west to newly-formed Nicodemus, Kan. Those that remained in this area purchased land in . . . Map (db m89214) HM
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45 Kentucky, Scott County, White Sulphur — 1593 — St. Francis Church
The oldest parish in Covington Diocese, this was a pioneer mission center for East Kentucky. Parish, second oldest in the state, was formed by Maryland settlers who arrived in 1786. First church built circa 1794; resident pastor was Reverend . . . Map (db m88704) HM
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Oct. 3, 2023