Historic Places

Abbey of Gethsemani Visitor Center
Trappist, KY 40051
(502) 549-3117

The center offers displays and a video presentation about monastery life as well as a gift shop with Gethsemani Farms’ products. The Abbey, founded in 1848 by the Order of the Trappist Cistercians, is home today to Trappist monks who open doors to spiritual seekers from all over the world. The monastery is located south of Bardstown.

Abbey Gethsemani
   

Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral
310 West Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-3126

The church is the first Catholic cathedral built west of the Allegheny Mountains. This historic edifice, built from 1816-1819, contains fine paintings and gifts of Francis (King of the two Siciles) and Pope Leo XII.

Basilica Catherdral
   

My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 East Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004
(800) 323-7803

Federal Hill was the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s ballad, "My Old Kentucky Home",€ which honors the state song. Built in 1812, it is as endearing to visitors today as when Foster wrote the song.

Stephen Foster-The Musical
Drama Drive
Bardstown, KY 40004
(800) 626-1563

This spectacular musical, with a cast of more than 50 performers, is based on the life of America’s first great composer, Stephen Foster. Many of Foster’s most popular songs are featured.

My Old Kentucky Home
   

Old County Jail
111 West Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-5551

The tour of the original 1819 jail, furnished with antiques and heirlooms, provides a chilling look at the conditions in the jail that was in operation until 1987.

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Old Talbott Tavern
107 West Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004
(800) 482-8376

Built in 1779, this restaurant is the oldest Western stagecoach stop in America. The historic building has been a silent witness to an amazing panorama of events and an unending parade of visitors from kings to pioneers and presidents to renegades.

Old Talbott Tavern
   

Museums

Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre
Museum Row
310 East Broadway
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-0291

The museum contains Kentucky’s largest collection of Civil War artifacts. Authentic uniforms, actual battle flags, weapons, maps and documents are on display.

Civil War Museum
   

Bardstown/Nelson County Historical Museum
114 North Fifth Street
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-2999

Located in Spalding Hall, this extensive collection includes an original porcupine-quill-decorated Indian coat and one of the first Kentucky long rifles made in Bardstown by renowned gunsmith, Jacob Rizer.

 
   

Kentucky Railway Museum
136 South Main Street
New Haven, KY 40051
(800) 272-0152

Bells, lights and steam whistles abound at Kentucky’s official railway museum.

Railway Museum
   

Old Bardstown Village
Museum Row
310 East Broadway
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-0291

The Village is a recreation of a 1790’s frontier village, representative of the first westward movement of the nation. The cabins are 150 to 200 years old.

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Nazareth Arts/O'Connell Hall
Nazareth, KY 40048
(502) 348-1554

Nazareth Arts features exhibits of regional art in the gallery and gifts from around the corner and around the world in the gift shop.

 
   

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
114 North Fifth Street
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-2999

The museum contains an extensive collection of the liquor memorabilia of Oscar Getz and other distillers from the 1700’s to today. On display are George Washington’s mill stone, prohibition prescriptions, Abraham Lincoln’s liquor license and Carrie Nation’s hatchet.

Oscar Getz
   

War Memorial of Mid-America
Museum Row
202 E Broadway
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-0291

This Memorial covers all of America’s wars, from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm, with outstanding graphics and artifacts.

 
   

Wildlife and Natural History Museum
Museum Row
310 E. Broadway
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-0291

This museum features an extensive collection of North America animals in their natural habitat. Fossils and minerals from around the world are also featured.

 
   

Women of The Civil War Museum
Museum Row
310 E. Broadway
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 349-0291

This museum portrays women as nurses, spies, soldiers in disguise and plantation and factory workers. Clothing and artifacts from the era help to tell their story.

Women's Civil War
   
Tours - Bourbon Distilleries
   

Four Roses Distillery
624 Lotus Road
Cox’s Creek, KY 40013
(502) 543-2264

See bottling done by hand, smell sweet aging bourbon in white oak barrels and visit the gift shop at this distillery.

Four Roses Distillery
   

Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center
1064 Loretto Road
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 337-1000

This state-of-the-art visitor center is designed to provide the ultimate educational and entertainment experience. Tour a working rickhouse, see a movie and receive a tutored tasting in the “Taste of Heaven” barrel-shaped tasting room.

Heaven Hill Distilleries
   

Heaven Hill Trolley
One Court Square
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 510-0012

Tour history in style aboard a trolley while enjoying an introductory tour of Bardstown’s many attractions including Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center.

Heaven Hill Trolley
   

Jim Beam American Outpost
Highway 245
Clermont, KY 40110
(502) 543-9877

Learn the rich heritage and modern-day production method of this 200-year-old distillery. Enjoy sampling the bourbons while viewing the Beam family home, a National Historic Site.

Jim Beam
   

Maker€™'s Mark Distillery
3350 Burk’s Springs Road
Loretto, KY 40037
(270) 865-2099

Enjoy a guided tour through the distillery and see how bourbon is made. Purchase a souvenir bottle and hand-dip it in the Maker’s Mark signature red wax.

Makers Mark
   

Springhill Winery
3205 Springfield Road
Bloomfield, KY 40008
(502) 252-9463

You can tour the winery cellar, experience the making of the finely crafted wines, enjoy an historic display of Kentucky’s wine heritage and browse the gift shop. Taste your wine selections in the tasting room or on the patio overlooking the Easter vineyards.

 
   
Outdoor Activities
 

Around The Town Carriage
223 North Third Street
Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-0331

Go back in time with a narrated, horse-drawn carriage tour through historic Bardstown.

Carriage
   

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Highway 245
Clermont, KY 40110
(502) 955-8512

This renowned arboretum is located on a 14,000-acre forest with nature center, picnic areas, hiking trails and lakes. No camping or hunting is allowed.

Bernheim
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