"Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky" Maysville by Stephen-KarenConn

Maysville Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 23 photos

If you enjoy discovering small out-of-the-way towns which are rich in history, full of great old architecture, and located in a scenic setting, then you will love Maysville, Kentucky. It is a very charming Ohio River town, 69 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Maysville, the seat of Mason county, is at the confluence of Limestone Creek and the Ohio River. Settlement began in the 1780s and the site was initially known as Limestone, named for the creek. The town was formed in 1787 and named Maysville for John May, surveyor, clerk, and land owner in the area. The post office opened in 1794 as Limestone and was renamed Maysville about 1799. Both names were in use well into the nineteenth century.

In the Riverboat era of the 1800s, Maysville became an important port. Ferries crossed to Ohio and a road was opened to Lexington by around 1800. Maysville is one of largest burley tobacco markets in the world and at one time was one of largest hemp markets.

With a proud heritage, Maysville continues to be a very attractive small town of more than 7,000 friendly residents. It is the home of Maysville Community and Technical College.

  • Last visit to Maysville: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 16, 2006
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  • Ericasmurf99's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Took my friend and I FOREVER to find the train station in Maysville. There are no signs!!! I couldn't believe it. Even a local gas station clerk didn't know where it was. We found it by chance...

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 7:21 PM

    Maysville looks interesting. Thanks for the tips and info. The floodwall murals reminded us of Paducah, our favorite Kentucky city.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 2:12 PM

    What a great new page about Maysville. I love the idea of the murals. I know this area through my parents. They used to speak fondly of Maysville. Thanks for the fine tour.

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