Warsaw has had several town names since its beginning as a landing on the Ohio River in 1798. Originally called Great Landing, in 1874 settler Colonel Robert Johnson decided to rename the town Fredericksburg after his hometown in Virginia, but another Kentucky town had already claimed that name, so Great Landing became Warsaw.
39 miles southwest of Cincinnati along the Ohio River, Warsaw is the quintessential river town, with a historic downtown and bustling business district. 1800 residents make this county seat their home, with The Gallatin County Courthouse still claiming its right as the oldest Kentucky courthouse still in continuous use. The Renaissance on Main Street Project continues its work to preserve the unique character of this scenic river community.
I71 gets you to Gallatin County, but St. Rt. 35 is the primary access into Warsaw. U.S. 42 (Louisville Covington Highway, or Main Street) parallels the Ohio River through the historic downtown.
Carroll County Hospital is 20 miles south in nearby Carrollton and St Elizabeth Medical Center’s Grant County Hospital is 16 miles northeast in Williamstown. The Warsaw-Gallatin County Fire and Rescue provides EMS service to the county.
Three gift shops and two busy grocery stores supply the majority of shopping needs for the county’s residents. A more in-depth shopping trip requires a car ride to Cincinnati or Louisville.
The river is a big focus of activities in Warsaw; most residents enjoy the great outdoors either boating on the Ohio River or enjoying a day at nearby General Butler State Park. Motor sports enthusiasts of course attend events at the nearby Kentucky Speedway as well as the Bluegrass Motorsports Club. The Belterra Golf Course and Casino are just across the Ohio River in Switzerland County. Sugar Bay and Walnut Ridge Country Clubs provide opportunities for the golf enthusiast. Each summer the town celebrates the River Days Festival celebrating its Ohio River heritage as a popular shipping port.