Maysville, located along US Highway 68, is the county seat of Mason County Kentucky. Nestled along the southern bank of the Ohio River in northern Kentucky, Maysville is steeped in early pioneer history and beautiful 1800’s architecture.
Old Washington, a 1780’s pioneer village, is an historic district of Maysville located on US. Hwy 68 four miles south of downtown Maysville. Many of the historic buildings have been restored and are now antique shops and museums. Old Washington has the largest antique district in the area.
Settled by frontiersman Simon Kenton, the town was once a cultural hub of America’s western frontier, home to family members of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall and a community with deep ties to slavery and the Underground Railroad. Sixteen of the town’s original 17 buildings still remain, with several authentic log cabins dating to 1787.
Visitors to downtown Maysville will experience a variety of architectural styles in this 1800’s river town. From Federal, Empire, Greek Revival to Spanish and Gothic Tudor, downtown has 124 building in its historic district, many on the National Register.
The Maysville Floodwall Murals depict four centuries of history and the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center offers a glimpse to the past through diorama’s, exhibits and genealogical research library. The Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection will open in the summer of 2007, featuring museum quality 1/12th scale structures, all filled with the highest quality original handcrafted furnishings.
Mason County’s rural landscape gives visitors a look at one of Kentucky’s five oldest buildings at the Minerva Baptist Church; an example of renowned bridge builder Lewis Wernwag’s truss system at the May’s Lick Christian Church and two of Kentucky’s 13 Covered Bridges.
The Dover Covered Bridge(left) is believed to be the state’s oldest covered bridge and Valley Pike Covered Bridge, the state’s shortest covered bridge.