Floodwall River Murals – The Maysville Floodwall Mural project began in the summer of 1998. Artist Robert Dafford recreated Maysville’s early river history along the floodwalls, depicting some of the most important historical events. The murals move west from the Limestone entrance, chronologically illustrating four seasons and changes in Mayville’s growth. Other important themes such as the Bison Hunt, Limestone Landing, Lafayette’s Reception, Sutton’s Landing, the Underground Railroad, and Rosemary Clooney, and the Tobacco Scene are all depicted as well.
The Kentucky Gateway Museum – The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center educates visitors by offering dynamic collections, exhibits, and genealogical-historical library. They provide the stories of the Maysville regions as well as shedding light on the people and events of a seven-county area through a collection of books, manuscripts, and documents from the past 300 years.
Washington Opera House – The Washington Opera House had their first performance in September of 1797. A disastrous fire occurred in April, 1850, and destroyed a church that was then known as the Old Blue Church. The Church decided to relocate to another street, and in its place two fire companies and a theatre were built. The Opera House was opened February 12, 1885 with the presentation of ‘Fatinitza’ by the Amy Gordon Opera Company. The Opera House became the center of culture and the community, only to be struck by fire in January, 1898. Once the theatre was restored its name was changed to the Washington Opera House, after the fire company that rebuilt it.
Russell Theatre - Over the past decade, The Russell Theatre Corporation has worked diligently to rescue and stabilize a nostalgic and valuable part of the Maysville community’s history. In 1928, a flamboyant and successful Maysville businessman, Col. J. Barbour Russell announced plans to build such a theater in the small town of Maysville at a cost of $125,000. The Russell Theatre was the result of the exciting period of movie palace theater construction. The theater opened December 4, 1930, amid much fanfare with the showing of "Whoopee", starring Eddie Cantor. Today, the community works hard to preserve this piece of history and keep the theater in pristine condition!
Visitors Welcome Tent – Stop off at the Visitors Welcome Tent, where a local representative will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the city of Maysville! They can provide you with suggestions on events, attractions, and points of interest, or even help you plan the perfect day based on your interests!
Maysville Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Maysville, Kentucky offers picturesque views of the Ohio River as it contrasts to the bustling downtown district. The close-knit community works hard to showcase their heritage and culture. The city is filled with award-winning theaters, local art galleries, museums, and historical landmarks. The small-town charm is sure to delight all visitors as you explore what Maysville has to offer!
PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION
Washington, Kentucky: From Slavery to Freedom
We will begin our historical adventure with a tour through the Paxton House-Visitor’s Center, built by a prominent lawyer and early emancipationist; James Paxton. Then, we’ll explore Mefford’s Fort, an authentic log cabin that contains the same timber from the flatboat that carried George Mefford and his family down the Ohio River in 1785. Next, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum; located in the historic 1795 home of local County Clerk, before heading to the Washington Courthouse Site, built by master stonemason and Baptist Minister; Lewis Craig in 1793.
APPROXIMATE DURATION 4 hours
CAPACITY 50 Guests
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE
THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
Paxton House-Visitor’s Center, Mefford’s Fort Log Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe: Slavery to Freedom Museum, Albert Sidney Johnston Home, Washington Courthouse Site, National Underground Railroad Museum
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