Midwest Living Review
Although the population of this village is small, Georgetown has a huge history: Ulysses S. Grant grew up here. Gen. Grant, of course, led the Union Army to victory in the Civil War and later served two terms as the 18th president of the United States. In Georgetown, the antebellum Brown County Courthouse still graces Main Street with its eye-catching Greek Revival architecture, and the cluster of 19th-century buildings downtown makes it easy to image what the village was like in the Civil War Era. In the summer of 1863, while Grant was commanding the Siege of Vickburg, the Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan terrorized Georgetown during his infamous raid across southern Indiana and Ohio. Today, the restored Grant Boyhood Home in Georgetown is a National Historic Landmark. It's open on selected days from Memorial Day through October, and visitors can peek into the small room at the top of the stairs where young Grant once slept. A few blocks away is the Grant Schoolhouse, a tiny 1829 building where Grant learned to read and write. Decades later, Grant wrote about that school in his personal memoirs, recalling, "The rod was freely used there, and I was not exempt from its influence."