Danville, Kentucky


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

2 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"


Kentucky’s birthplace, Danville is a city full of firsts. The town has preserved Constitution Square where the state’s constitution was signed and re-built replica buildings from the time that visitors can tour. Stop by the historic Ephraim McDowell House and The Old Jail to step back in time.

Danville’s rich history includes several educational firsts from the first college and law schools in the West to the first state-funded School for the Deaf and first black home school in the county. Today the town’s the home of Centre College, a leading liberal arts school and host to the previous and upcoming vice presidential debates.

The small town is proud of its locally-owned restaurants, micro-breweries and shops. Start your day at The Hub Coffee Shop and end it at Mermaid’s, with stops at staples like Beer Engine, Red Rooster Café, Burke’s Bakery, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub or Pioneer Playhouse throughout your stay.

Visit in May to attend the annual Lawn Chair Film Festival, September for Eat Drink Danville and Oktoberfest, or November for the Kentucky BBQ Festival and Hogs and Logs Team Triathlon. For more of what’s going on in Danville, check out its reviews.

Living in Danville was one of the most communal and peaceful times of my life. It is such a remarkable place, a small hub of culture amidst a unsuspecting pastoral landscape. Good people, beautiful sky, lovely town. I miss it often.
Reviewed by J. Theresa B.
on June 1, 2012
The Dollhouse Museum is the best!!!
Reviewed by emcnally
on June 1, 2012
Danville is a beautiful place--Centre Campus, older homes on Maple and Lexington Ave, both with beautiful redbuds and dogwoods blooming in spring, small stores and shops, as well as, the chain stores. Golf courses, parks, festivals in every town around, two champion h.s. football teams. Lexington 35 miles, Louisville 75 miles makes for great basketball, and the horse industry both Keenland and Churchill Downs. All this and much, much more plus this beautiful community to come home to when the day is done.. What more would you want??
Reviewed by RLMayes
on June 1, 2012
Love Danville- People are friendly and the town is beautiful!
Reviewed by CassieRogers
on June 1, 2012
Danville is a beautiful and friendly place. It has a tremendous amount of small town charm with a big city feel. Downtown Danville is a wonderful place to live, because of the strong sense of historic preservation seen in the many interesting architectural elements throughout downtown, as well as the wide variety of things to see and do within walking distance. The shops and restaurants cater to many different tastes and keep this downtown full of life and vitality. The arts are heavily featured here and creates a culture that is intellectual, yet down to Earth. All in all, a very comfortable place to live, work, and study.
Reviewed by Hpg
on June 1, 2012
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