Old Washington Historic District

The Old Washington Historic District is a staple in Kentucky’s frontier history. This quiet town is know for its many “firsts”, Washington was recorded in the first federal census in 1790 having 462 inhabitants. It had the first Postal Station West of the Allegheny Mountains. Here, Simon Kenton planted the first corn in Mason County, KY and Washington was the first county seat.

Washington’s role in the settlement of America’s frontier was so significant, the National Park Service has included its entire historic district and several individual buildings in its historic American buildings survey program.

Today visitors can tour multiple museums throughout the village that reflect the rapid growth from pioneer log cabins to sophisticated brick homes in the Federal and Georgian townhouse style. The visitor center is open seasonally and offers a variety of information through guided and self-guided tours, exhibits and a unique video.

Contact Information

Lacey Holleran
Reservations and Information:
606-563-2596 ext. 101

2028 Old Main Street, Maysville, Kentucky 41056, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Wed-Fri 10:30am to 4:30pm Sat 9:30am to 4:30pm Sun 11:30am to 4:30pm *Other times and dates available by appointment
  • Seasons Open

    April thru through
  • Prices and Fees

  • Accessibility

    This historic district is not fully handicap accessible. A few locations are accessible, including outdoor historic sites. Public Restrooms are handicap accessible. Unfortunately, our historic limestone sidewalks are not conducive to those with mobility issues.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    Pets are always welcome in the historic district