The history of Georgetown dates back to 1848, when the city’s namesake, George Washington Glasscock, donated land for the town site with his partner Thomas B. Huling. Clean and clear water and the abundance of timber played a large role in attracting settlers, who in the next 50 years would arrive from the United States, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, modern-day Czech Republic, and Mexico. This diverse heritage lives on to this day; to see it, all you need to do is look at the Victorian-era storefronts in the Georgetown downtown square, the ornate columned courthouse, and the more than 100 historic homes throughout the city. Much of Georgetown’s history is retold in The Williamson Museum in, you guessed it, the downtown square.
Georgetown’s square is one of the city’s top attractions. Within all the magnificently restored buildings that line the square, you’ll find antique and clothing shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and two wineries (Georgetown Winery and Grape Creek Winery). There’s also the Georgetown Palace Theatre, a community performing arts venue adorned with mid-20th century art deco flair that conducts musicals and plays throughout the year.
Fantastic architecture, plenty of outdoor recreation, and a convenient location just north of Austin makes Georgetown a compelling destination for your next Texas vacation. Plot your next trip here and you’ll see why this is a must-see place in the Lone Star State.
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