529 miles, 7 hours 50 minutes. No, Siri, not THAT Georgetown (University)! How about directing me to the most obvious one for someone who lives 25 miles and 31 minutes from Georgetown, KENTUCKY?! SMH.
Once I got Siri straightened out about my destination, I headed north on a day trip to MY Georgetown.
Always the procrastinator, I waited until the final day of a cool art exhibit at the Georgetown & Scott County Museum–Alexander Bradford: Artist of the Early Antebellum Scott County. This first-class exhibit showcased portraits of prominent Scott, Bourbon, and Fayette County families painted by Kentuckian Alexander Bradford. It also featured West Rifles, Tansel Powder Horns, and Coin Silver by early Kentucky artisans.
A little bit about Alexander Bradford (1791-1827):
- Painter known for his “acute, penetrating portraiture”.
- Born in Culpeper County, Virginia.
- Lived in Scott County, Kentucky. Migrated from Virginia to Newtown with his parents, c. 1807. Federal censuses show him as a resident of Georgetown in 1810 and 1820.
- His work can be found at the University of Kentucky Art Museum and in private collections
- He worked in both Indiana and Kentucky. His painting has been compared to that of fellow Kentucky artist Matthew Harris Jouett.
The museum is located in the historic 1905 Post Office building. It was started by members of the Scott County Historical Society in 1992.
Other stops on my day trip:
- Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Office
- Royal Spring Park
- Yuko-En on the Elkhorn (The Official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden)
- Hodel Mill Building
- Scott County Courthouse
- Georgetown City Hall
I’ll have to return another time to explore more of Georgetown–too much for just one afternoon!