Georgetown. 1 Town (1990 pop. 11,414), Scott co., N central Ky., in the bluegrass country; settled 1776, inc. 1790. In a rich agricultural, dairying, and livestock area, Georgetown also has light manufacturing. A huge auto assembly plant is there.
2 City (1990 pop. 9,517), seat of Georgetown co., E S.C., on the Sampit River at its entrance into Winyah Bay, c.15 mi (24 km) from the ocean; inc. 1805. It is a historic port of entry and shipping center. Wire, lumber, and paper are produced, and there is textile printing. Tourism is also a significant industry. The city was founded c.1734 as a shipping point for the plentiful rice and indigo products garnered from nearby plantations. Deepwater facilities were later added to the port. The Church of Prince George dates from the 1740s.
3 Residential section (since 1895) of Washington, D.C., on the Potomac River near the confluence of Rock Creek; settled c.1665, inc. 1789. It was part of the land granted by Maryland in 1790 to the federal government for a national capital; in 1878 it became part of Washington, D.C. Its picturesque old houses and colonial atmosphere lend it charm. Georgetown Univ., with its renowned foreign service school, is there.