When it comes to special small towns, our state has quite a few entertaining destinations. One of the most popular and fun-filled places to visit is Bardstown. This entertaining small town in Kentucky has been deemed one of the 100 best small towns in the U.S., and with good reason. There is plenty to do, while still maintaining that small town charm.
Bardstown is home to under 13,000 people.
It was featured in a book called “A Thousand Places to See Before You Die," and was voted one of 50 most charming towns in the South.
It is the second oldest city in Kentucky.
Bardstown has a unique heritage, much of which has been preserved in historic locations, such as buildings and areas. There is plenty to do just based on the history of Bardstown.
Bardstown is the bourbon capital of the world.
You may not like bourbon, but plenty of people do. That makes activities like visiting local distilleries, such as Barton 1792 Distillery, which was established in 1879, or Jim Beam. Traveling the Kentucky Bourbon Trail can be very interesting for those who appreciate that part of our state’s history.
The McIntyre’s Winery and Berries at 531 McIntyre Lane might be more up your ally. They have a great selection of craft wines well worth trying and taking home. The staff is incredibly friendly and will happily take you on a tour of the grounds.
When it comes to places to visit,
the historic district is a win-win. It is home to the first Catholic Church west of the Allegany Mountains, St. Josephs Basilica, which is beautiful.
It is home to Old Talbot Tavern.
This is one of the most haunted and most historic places in the area. It has been visited by several Presidents, foreign leaders in exile, and the renowned Jesse James. There is a lot of amazing history in this location, including actual bullet holes from several Jesse James encounters. Jesse also supposedly saw the first ghost at Talbot, and shot at it. The bullet holes are still there.
You can visit the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, Spalding Hall.
This may not sound interesting to some, but it delves into the actual history of the bourbon industry. You can see ancient set ups used by bootleggers back in days of old. Visitors will find old bottles, labels, historical documents and more at 114 N 5th Street. It is a really unique place to check out a rich part of our history.
Visit the historic Spalding Hall.
This historic venue is located at 114 N 5th Street. It has a 2 story museum covering the history of the early settlers in the area, and the history of bourbon there. Some might enjoy one or the other more, but both areas have unusual artifacts and remnants of the days long passed.
My Old Kentucky Home State Park.
Here you can visit the renowned and well preserved Federal Hill. You can enjoy the play, “a Stephen Foster Story” which is performed at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheater on the grounds. You can experience the beautiful gardens and hear inspirational songs of the era in which this amazing plantation was first built.
Old Bardstown Village, Civil War Museum.
This wondrous place of Civil War history is located at 310 E Broadway Street and is home to some very nice artifacts. There is an old time village that patrons can stroll through and experience life as it once was. The museum is not very big, but it is well designed and provides both interest and education.
This entertaining small town in Kentucky is one of a kind. You know there is something special when it’s listed and recognized as one of the most
charming towns in America. We have covered some other charming small towns you might want to visit too.