Nestled along the south banks of the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky, the picturesque town of Maysville is one of the state’s best kept secrets. Conveniently located less than an hour from Cincinnati, Maysville offers plenty of small-town charm with easy access to the amenities of metropolitan living.
Founded in the early 1800s as a river town, Maysville is a place filled with history and architectural treasures. The historic downtown area features plenty of opportunities to tour, dine and shop. Maysville is the fastest growing industrial and service center in northeastern Kentucky and the city’s school system consistently ranks in the state’s top 10.
Just south of Maysville is the charming frontier village of Old Washington, a living-history community of log cabins and other buildings dating from the 1700s, as well as shops and museums. Old Washington also offers numerous antique and gift shops, handcrafted silver jewelry, craft shops, custom picture framing and a historic tavern.
Maysville, Kentucky is located on the Ohio River just one hour east of Cincinnati, Ohio; one hour northeast of Lexington, KY; and within 2½ hours of Louisville, KY; Indianapolis, IN; Columbus, OH; and Charleston, WV.
Service Area: 60,000
Living in Maysville
Not your typical small city, Maysville boasts an excellent quality of life, with an easy drive to Lexington for dinner and a UK game, or to Cincinnati for dinner and a Broadway show. The amenities of a larger metropolitan area, with the comforts and intimacy of a small city, southern hospitality and progressive leadership have made this city live much larger than its size. Very good schools (public and private), community and technical college, YMCA, full service country club, boys and girls club, active arts council and progressive leadership make Maysville, Kentucky, a very livable city. Population is 9,500 with Mason County at 18,000. Maysville is the regional shopping/service area for 100,000 in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky, as the only bridges across the Ohio River for 50 miles either way are located at Maysville.
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Maysville offers plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Many of the outdoor recreation opportunities are centered around the Ohio River. For the ATV, dirt bike and horseback riding enthusiast, there are numerous riding trails overlooking the Ohio River Valley or rolling through the surrounding hills. Riverboat rides on the Ohio River are another popular attraction. The Maysville Mason County Recreation Park offers swimming, tennis, softball leagues, croquet, miniature golf, fishing and more.
South of Maysville is the northern terminus of Daniel Boone National Forest includes more than 660,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain with steep forested ridges, narrow ravines and more than 3,400 miles of sandstone cliffs. Over six hundred miles of trails provide a quiet escape to remote places for hikers and horseback riders with winding rivers and gentle streams. The 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail extends the entire length of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Meadowview Regional Medical Center
Our hospital is a modern 100 bed Lifepoint-owned facility. Medical office building attached to hospital for convenience and efficiency. Active medical staff has 45 physicians and we are Joint Commission accredited. Primary service area is 60,000 and secondary is 100,000. With the exception of family practice, there is no competition for at least a 50 mile radius.
Meadowview Regional Medical Center, a 100-bed acute care facility that is Joint Commission-accredited, provides medical services to a seven-county area. The hospital is a five-time winner of the 100 Top Hospital award. In 2009, Meadowview completed a $6 million dollar renovation to the Emergency Department. Services include 24-hour ER, six-bed ICU/CCU, and Diagnostic Imaging that includes X-ray, 64-slice CT Scanning, Ultrasound, Radiographic/Fluoroscopic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Digital Mammography. Other services include Allergy, Anesthesiology, Cardiac Catheterization, ENT, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Orthopedic Surgery, Gastroenterology, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Hematology/Oncology, Same-Day Surgery, Pulmonology, Respiratory Therapy, Urology and Sleep Studies.
History of Maysville and Mason County
Located in Mason County along the banks of the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky lies the river port of Maysville, an 1800's era river town. Just a short trip up the Buffalo Trace is the Washington Historic District; an authentic pioneer community of 1790s log cabins, shops and museums. Rich in history and architectural treasures, downtown Maysville and Old Washington offer a unique glimpse into the cultural and historic legacy of this area. Culturally rich, the city boasts live local theatre, musical events and numerous programs supported by the local Arts Board.
Famous explorers Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton, Civil War generals Albert Sidney Johnston and William "Bull" Nelson, famous doctor Daniel Drake, Supreme Court Justice Stanley Reed, movie and singing star Rosemary Clooney, future United States President Ulysses S. Grant, baseball Hall of Famer Casey Stengel and Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry all lived in the county for part of their lives. Harriet Beecher Stowe's visit to Washington, Kentucky in 1833 provided information for her book 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' The Underground Railroad had many stations and conductors in the region.
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Websites of Interest
- City of Maysville – Area tourism
- Chamber of Commerce – Area demographics
- The Ledger Independent – Daily newspaper
- LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. – Parent company