Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky
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.