Vibrant Communities



Maysville Creative District

MaysvilleLocated on the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky, Maysville combines a legacy of history, commerce and culture with a unique blend of architecture, industry and art. It is a terraced community with more than 155 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also includes the incorporated town of Washington, a 1700s village that plays host to a variety of shops, galleries and festivals.

Washington Opera House Visitors to this pioneer port city can experience diverse activities including a performance at the historic Washington Opera House (1898) home of the Maysville Players, one of the oldest theater companies in the Commonwealth, or get a close-up look at the artistry in the Kaye Savage Browning miniatures collection at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center.

A self-guided stroll through the historic downtown district features the restoration of the Cox building (1886), a former Masonic lodge which now houses the Ohio River Valley Artists Guild, the Downing Performing Arts Academy, and the Maysville Community and Technical College Culinary Arts School and Café.

History is all around and can be experienced by a visit to the National Underground Railroad Museum and the Pioneer Cemetery, burial place of Daniel Boone's son and other early Maysville residents.

On the riverfront at Limestone Landing, the banks are embraced by colorful murals created by Robert Dafford depicting early life in this river town and featuring a remembrance of Rosemary Clooney, Maysville's hometown singing star. While there, you might discover a docking by one of the riverboats that travel the waterways.

Annual events attracting locals and guests include Maysville Uncorked (June), Oktoberfest (August), Pig Out (September) and Arts Explosion (August).

The city of Maysville was awarded the 2009 Kentucky Governor's Award in the Arts and is a renaissance community. Guests are encouraged to download the Maysville mobile app at: for up-to-the-second activities, events and tourism information.


Page last updated: June 9, 2016
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