The Old Washington Historic District is a staple in Kentucky’s frontier history. This quiet town is know for its many “firsts”, Washington was recorded in the first federal census in 1790 having 462 inhabitants. It had the first Postal Station West of the Allegheny Mountains. Here, Simon Kenton planted the first corn in Mason County, KY and Washington was the first county seat.
Washington’s role in the settlement of America’s frontier was so significant, the National Park Service has included its entire historic district and several individual buildings in its historic American buildings survey program.
Today visitors can tour multiple museums throughout the village that reflect the rapid growth from pioneer log cabins to sophisticated brick homes in the Federal and Georgian townhouse style. The visitor center is open seasonally and offers a variety of information through guided and self-guided tours, exhibits and a unique video.