War Living History Weekend
- Frontier Christmas
- WHAT'S NEW
- VISITOR'S CENTER
- - Civil War Living History Weekend
- - Albert
to Freedom Museum
DRAWN CARRIAGE MUSEUM
- FAX: 606.759.7423
& Ice Cream Shoppe
Row House Mall
- "One of the most unique communities
in the world and THE MOST Unique community in Kentucky"
says Dennis Redmond, past city manager.
- Washington is a 1700's village of shops, museums,
tours and fine Kentucky dining. Established in 1786, by the Virginia
Legislature, six years before KY became a state.
- By 1790 it had grown to 119 log cabins, the second
largest town in Ky. After separation from Bourbon County in 1788
Washington became the County seat of Mason County, which included
nearly one-fourth of the area of Kentucky.
- In 1792 Kentucky was admitted to the Union as the
15th state, and many Westerners hoped that the thriving little
city, with its 119 log Cabins would be the capital of the United
- Reputedly Washington was the first town named for
George Washington. Washington in 1797 was the glowing center
of education and fashion. Visitors from Lexington and surrounding
settlements came here to shop.
- There were 20 flourishing mercantile houses, 2
taverns (inns), 10 mechanics shops, 3 rope walks, and 3 churches.
- Downtown Washington
- FLATBOAT - C. 1787 Mefford's Station
- is the last known flatboat house in
- existence. Note flagstone sidewalks
- and 1 of 22 wells of 1790, the first
- public waterworks west of the Alleghenies.
- CANE BRAKE -Visitor's Center -
- Original 1790 log cabin.
- LOG POST OFFICE - Only known
- working log post office in US. As early
- as 1786 Washington was a major mail
- distributing point for the entire North-
- west Territory.
- Washington was explored by legendary frontiersman Simon