The Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission has opened a new Welcome Center in the heart of downtown to help welcome visitors. The center is located at 117 North Water Street. The Welcome Center is open Thursday – Saturday 10:30am – 4pm.
The new center is located in the Scott County Jail & Jailer’s House which previously housed the Arts & Cultural Welcome Center. Stocked with tons of brochures, a helpful staff member and a history room about the building, this is a stop not to be missed when visiting Georgetown.
Jail & Jailer’s House
The Jail & Jailer’s House was dedicated with a historical marker on November 1, 2019. The Scott County jail was built in 1892 and was in use until 1991. The building had steam heat, running water and electricity and was a modern complex built in Romanesque-Revival style.
Inmates of Note
Inmates of note include Caleb Powers, Charles Chilton Moore and Clarence Vinegar. Powers was held for complicity in the assassination of Gov. Goebel. He was pardoned in 1908 by the governor. Moore was charged with libel and sentenced to 60 days in jail after a scathing attack on the Paris Christian Church. Vinegar was tried twice for the 1897 murder of his wife. The first conviction was over-turned. He was retried, convicted and hung in 1898.
The Jailer’s House
The Jailer’s House was home to the family of the official elected to oversee persons in the jail, built in 1870. The Italianate style dwelling conveyed the official’s importance.