In the epicenter of Horse Country, Georgetown is the (disputed) birthplace of bourbon and hometown of numerous horse-centric attractions. Throughout the 20th century, Georgetown and Scott County have been in a transition from an economy based primarily on agriculture to a diversified one of manufacturing, small business, and the family farm. During the 1960s, the construction of Interstate 75 placed the county right on one of the busiest highways in America. Two decades later, in 1985, the selection of Georgetown as the site of Toyota’s first American assembly plant – and the largest Toyota plant in the world – resulted in the greatest period of growth in the county’s history. And it is not slowing down.
The city is located north of Lexington in the Bluegrass region of the state and part of the Lexington-Fayette MSA. Georgetown is the 7th-largest city by population in the state and the seat of its county. It was originally called Lebanon when founded by Rev. Elijah Craig and was renamed in 1790 in honor of President George Washington. It is the home of Georgetown College, a private liberal arts college.