Self-Guided Historic Georgetown Tours
Stroll the Square or hop in the car and enjoy Preservation Georgetown publications such as the Downtown Walking Tour and Historic Homes of Georgetown which offer self-guided tours of Georgetown's historic neighborhoods! If walking isn't your thing, you can explore Georgetown by bicycle! Visit the Georgetown Public Library and check out a bike - it's free! Just one more way to make visiting Georgetown a memorable day out! Free Bike Rentals!
You can also contact us to book a docent-led Heritage Tour. Since these are led by volunteers, we ask that you give us advance notice.
Take a step back in time. Browse through our historic photo collection and see the extraordinary evolution of Georgetown!
Preservation Georgetown Photo Collection
We're always looking to add to our collection! If you have photographs you'd like to share, please contact the PG office. We will carefully scan and return your treasured keepsakes!
In 1985-1987, the Georgetown Heritage Society (now Preservation Georgetown), worked with the Georgetown Sesquicentennial Folklore committee to publish four books capturing oral histories of Georgetown.
Each of the volumes can be downloaded with the links below.
Volume 1 - Reaching for the Gold Ring
Volume 2 - The People Remember
From time to time we receive documents from residents, visitors, and other institutions.
Here are few that we think you'll find interesting!
Want to research the history of your house? Here are some resources to get you started.
If your property is in one of the two overlays (Downtown and Old Town) for Georgetown, it was probably included in the most recent Historic Resources Survey completed by the City of Georgetown.
Access your property’s record through the Williamson County Central Appraisal District. The lower part of the record will give you recent history of the ownership of the home or building.
Research the historic deeds for your property. The Williamson County Clerk of Court’s office keeps those records, which can be searched online. From this site, select Official Public Records Search. Other records, such as mechanic’s liens and mortgages are available but not online. They are keep in the records section, which is the basement of the Courthouse Annex at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Probate records (old wills) are also kept there.
No time for research? Consider a Heritage Home Marker for your property which comes with copies of all research!
Texas History Room, is a wealth of information on all things local and statewide. Here you'll also find the PG Historic Homes & Places reference files. The files may be accessed during regular Library hours.
The Texas History Room
Additional information and resources may be found by contacting the following organizations:
City of Georgetown Historic and Downtown Standards (local regulations and resources)
The Williamson Museum (photo collection, cemeteries, county information)
The Williamson County Historical Commission (county information)
Georgetown Convention and Visitor Bureau (area information)
Texas Historical Commission (state historic markers & National Register designation)
National Park Service (National Register Districts and listed houses)
National Trust for Historic Preservation (nationwide non-profit dedicated to saving historic places)
The Secretary of the Interior (standards for treatment of historic properties)