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, Brown County Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Brown County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

Local Attractions

Brown County is a place of abundant natural beauty where the rich history of the past meets the dynamic growth of the future. Nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, Brown County, Ohio is rich with history and activities.

For instance, the county has many murals painted by artists and students, some depicting history and some patriotic. Also, often seen on a country ride through Brown County in the 1950s and 1960s, Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn, is now an officially recognized historic landmark. Brown County is home to five existing covered bridges, some of which are still operational to this day. And the Rankin House tells the incredible story of one of the most active and well-documented “stations” on the Underground Railroad.

The historic village of Ripley is part of the Ohio River Scenic Byway and has a 55-acre historic district that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk Front Street and enjoy the sites and sounds of river life. Take in the historic riverside homes or try one of the great local restaurants.

Georgetown is the county seat of Brown County, Ohio. The first settlers arrived in 1819. The community grew very slowly, having approximately eight hundred residents in 1846. That same year, the town contained four churches and a newspaper. today, Georgetown has remained relatively small. The historic district includes 17 acres with 42 historic buildings. You can catch a show by The Gaslight Theater Players at the Gaslight Theater, listen to Music on the Square, experience unique shopping along the commercial row, or relax at the park.

Mt. Orab is located in Brown County about 12 miles from Georgetown. At the time, the majority of the population in Brown County were people from the State of Virginia as it was part of the Virginia Military Survey. The land was granted to officers of the Army in the State of Virginia who served in the Revolutionary War. The Mt. Orab depot was built in 1884 and is the oldest building in town. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. And Radio Station WHBD “went on the air” in June of 1929 from the rear of Doc Moler’s Garage and General Store on East Main Street. At that time, Mt. Orab was the smallest town in the U.S. with a radio station.

Step outdoors and experience Brown Counties rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and rural landscapes. If you’re staying in any of our quaint small towns, you’re just steps away from the fertile countryside of the Ohio River Valley. Access the Ohio River from our historic riverside towns. It’s the best views of the Kentucky shoreline and the Ohio River any visitor will have.

, Village of Ripley
, Village of Ripley

A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Georgetown

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