Georgetown City Facts – Visit Georgetown

Georgetown City Facts

• The city of Georgetown was founded in 1848 and named after George Washington Glasscock who,with his partner, Thomas B. Huling, donated land for the site.

• Georgetown is the county seat of Williamson County

• In 1997, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to be named a Great American Main Street City,the highest honor given by the National Trust.

• Home to one of the best-preserved Victorian and Pre-WW1 downtown historic districts, with the Williamson County Courthouse (from 1911) as its centerpiece.

• The Grace Heritage Center, located in the historic Grace Episcopal Church, dates to 1881. Old Williamson County Jail (312 Main Street) dates to 1888.

• Four National Register Districts and 52 properties on the National Register of Historic places.

• Ranked fifth in fastest growing U. S. cities according to the 2016 United States Census Bureau report.Georgetown grew at a rate of 5.5 percent from 2015 to 2016.

• Home of Southwestern University, the oldest university in Texas, established in 1840.

• Nearly nine miles of Hike & Bike Trails along the San Gabriel River.

• Another 28 miles of rugged trail around Lake Georgetown: Good Water Loop Trail Map

• More than 40 retail shops, including a day spa, toy store, art galleries, restaurants and three wine tasting rooms, are located around the city square.

• Several movies have filmed in Georgetown, including: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Varsity Blues, Dazed and Confused, Michael, Bernie and the television series Friday Night Lights.

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