History & Architecture
INSPIRED HISTORY AND CULTURE…
Georgetown’s history and architecture are fascinating, and there are many ways to enjoy them.
The rich story of this part of Central Texas is told by The Williamson Museum, and a visit to the museum begins outside on the sidewalk with the life-sized bronze of Robert McAlpin Williamson, or “Three Legged Willie,” for whom the county was named. History lovers and families will enjoy a stop at the museum to see insightful exhibits with artifacts and information for a fascinating glimpse into the local past. The museum sponsors a rich mix of events and lectures, as well.
In addition to visiting the Williamson Museum and Grace Heritage Center, residents and visitors enjoy the Historic Homes Tour presented by Preservation Georgetown or seeing Historic Marker Sites and National Register Historic Districts in town. The architecture around the Square is fascinating, and the Georgetown Palace Theatre, an integral part of the downtown Square, merits a look too as an Art Deco movie house (renovated and in 2001 opened as a live community theatre venue).
Off the square and behind Georgetown City Hall – but within the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District – is the African American Shotgun House Museum. The Shotgun House is a living history museum and is operated by the Georgetown Cultural Citizens Memorial Association. The Shotgun House Museum also sits within the neighborhood historically known as the Track, Ridge, Grasshopper neighborhoods, or TRG.
Be sure to also check our Arts & Culture Calendar for specific events.