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Georgetown, Kentucky

September 6, 2012

Whispering Hills, Georgetown, Kentucky

Whispering Hills RV Park

Whispering Hills is a large, very nice RV park overlooking a small fishing lake.  Set just below a picturesque hillside that provides a nice backdrop, this is a tranquil place.   Pat and Monica have owned the place for about a year and a half, and they’re working hard to make it a nice place to stay.  They don’t have an online reservation system, but a simple email reserved us a spot.  By taking our Good Sam’s number via email, Monica was able to get all the information she needed.  When we arrived, she got us checked in and led us to our site.  Later in the day, we went to the office to make sure of the route to our next destination.  Monica’s husband, Pat, marked a map for us, then filled us in on all the good places to see around Georgetown.  These are a really nice couple of folks who are eager to please the serious traveler.

Fat Boy’s BBQ

On Wednesday morning, at Monica’s recommendation, we stopped at Fat Boy’s BBQ for breakfast on the way in to Georgetown.

Breakfast at Fat Boy’s BBQ

We love finding places like Fat Boy’s, with it’s rough, log cabin style exterior and walls covered with memorabilia.  The service and the food were good.  In fact, we ate there twice on this day, returning for dinner.

After breakfast, we drove in to Georgetown, parked in a lot a half a block from Main St., and walked uphill to check out downtown.

Scott County Courthouse

Georgetown is the county seat for Scott County.  Scott County was the second county created after Kentucky became a state.  It was named for General Charles Scott, a Virginia native and an officer in the American Revolution.

Main Street, Georgetown

The town was bustling, in spite of a number of buildings for lease.  We noticed an abundance of attorniey’s offices in the downtown area, probably logical since this is the county seat, and a lot of real estate firms.

Replica of the DeWitt Clinton Steam Locomotive

Small town and county museums can be fascinating places.  The Scott County Museum is housed in the former Post Office building, along with part of the Sheriff’s Department.  On display was this scale model of the 1831 “DeWitt Clinton” steam locomotive.  The locomotive replica above was completed over a period of 43 years by Scott County resident Douglas W. Cox.  He used plans from three issues of Popular Mechanics Magazine published in 1932, and completed the model in 2000.  We found many of the displays, all related to Scott County history, to be interesting and informative.

Fava’s Restaurant

We had been told that Fava’s was a local favorite, so we took a break from our stroll along Main Street to have a cold drink and a slice of pie.  Originally a Confectionery serving ice cream and homemade candies and chocolate,  Fava’s has been in existence, under the ownership of several different families, since 1910.  The chocolate pie was wonderful.

Georgetown College

Georgetown College is a small, private liberal arts college. Chartered as a college in 1829, it was the first Baptist college west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse

We went in search of a farmer’s market that was supposed to be held on Wednesdays “behind the bank across the street from the Cracker Barrel”.  We didn’t find it, but we did find the Chamber of Commerce and John Simpson, the Director of the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission.  John is a great guy who marked up a scenic route through part of Scott County for us.  He also directed us to the Bi-Water Farm store on Cincinnatti Road.

Bi-Water Farm was established in 1959 by Carl and Bertha Fister who “raised nine children along with fresh produce, hogs, tobacco and corn”.  They eventually phased out the tobacco and hogs, and in 1995, opened their first produce store open to the public.  They had white half-runner beans, which made Nell happy, and one of the sweetest watermelons we’ve found in our travels.

Sadieville, Kentucky

After dropping the produce off back at the motorhome, we headed into the Kentucky countryside, following the map John Simpson had marked for us.  We passed through the town of Sadieville, once a railroad shipping point for all sorts of goods. Today, it consists of a total area of 0.7 square miles and a population of 263, according to the 2000 Census.  I was struck by how close some of the houses are to the edge of the road.

Hillside Barn, Scott County, Kentucky

This little side trip was true “Back Roads” stuff.  The roads wound through the ridges and valleys, often with steep dropoffs on one side.  Even the Jeep seemed a bit oversized when we met another car on these narrow roads.  At times, the surrounding woods were so thick that there was little else to see, but I did manage to get a few interesting reference photos.

Sunset over Whispering Hills RV Park

As our drive through the Kentucky hills circled back to the RV Park, the sky was showing signs of bad weather.  We made a short stop at the motorhome, then drove back toward Georgetown.  We parked at Fat Boy’s BBQ just as the first raindrops were starting to fall.  While the sky dumped a deluge of water outside, we took our time over a platter of Fat Boy’s barbecue brisket.  We finished up about the same time the rain began to stop, and when we got bsck home, the sky was providing one last colorful display for our last night in Georgetown.

Georgetown was a rest stop for us.  A reacquiring of our own personal GPS satellites that guide us along our way.  Knowing that the 5 hour drive in the motorhome, partially in the rain, after a period of time out of the driver’s seat, would be a rough one for me, Nell had suggested we stay over an extra day in Georgetown to regroup.

I’m glad we did.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. sallydon bryenton permalink
    September 7, 2012 1:18 pm

    let us know if you plan to come to asheville…we are still in transition and plan to actually hit the road in november…sally and don bryenton


    • September 19, 2012 1:23 pm

      Sally and Don, we appreciate the invitation, but we’re headed the other way. It’s time for us to get back to Texas and find some places to settle for the winter. Best of luck when you hit the road!

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