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 and is designated as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas>> More about red poppies and the Red Poppy Festival

• More than 40 retail shops, more than 45 restaurants, a toy store, art galleries, restaurants and three wine tasting rooms, are located in Downtown Georgetown, around the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.

• 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>>

• Designated the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Georgetown has a wide ranging array of arts and culture opportunities>>

• Home to one of the best-preserved Victorian and Pre-WW1 downtown historic districts, with the historic 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>>

• Georgetown is the fastest-growing city in the U.S. for cities with a population above 50,000, according to data released in 2022 by the U.S. Census Bureau>> Georgetown is fastest-growing city in U.S.

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

• Nearly nine miles of Hike and Bike Trails along the San Gabriel River>>

• Nearly seven miles of Hiking and Equestrian Trails span Garey Park>>

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

• Several movies have filmed in Georgetown, including: The HBO series, Love and Death, Friday Night Lights, Bernie, Dazed and Confused, Varsity Blues, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

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