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.

Danville offers a variety of affordable housing to retirees, depending on their needs and desires: Charleston Greene, The Villas at Ridgefield, McDowell Place, homes in historic neighborhoods, Old Bridge Golf Club, and new construction in several subdivisions.
Reviewed by david.rice
on May 31, 2012
Civic engagement is one of Danville's strengths. The community's variety of non-profit organizations, charitable groups, and civic clubs gives residents many opportunities to get involved to share their experience and knowledge. Both natives and new residents care about the community and are willing to actively work together for Danville's growth and improvement.
Reviewed by Jane.Crawford
on May 31, 2012
Tree-lined streets, painted-lady victorian buildings, a thriving and colorful arts community all work together to make Danville a lovely, lovely place to live. Many of our residents were originally just passing through, but stayed when they liked this town so much.Definitely worth a look.
Reviewed by Orndorff
on May 31, 2012
I was born here but moved to Western Kentucky when I was nine. Fortunately, my family ties brought me back many timesto Danville, until I was fortunate enough to move back here in 1979. Daily, as I drive past the beautiful historic homes and picturesque downtown on my way to work, I pinch myself over my good fortune. How did I ever get so lucky? This is truly one of the friendliest small towns on the planet -- a comment I've heard from passersby, people who retire here, people visiting the small college where I work -- and i know it to be true. I encounter a new friend every day because we just don't act like strangers here -- whether it's in line at Walmart or waiting for a meal in a restaurant, somehow, we're all very friendly with one another. I live here and I don't even understand it because I sure don't experience this in other towns. there's no sign on the edge of town teling us to "be nice." It comes naturally. Having been lead for many years by citizens who understood the value of planning and zoning, who valued history, who knew how to promote, the town has grown and thrived and become the one of the best small towns in America. It has one of the finest colleges in America in the middle of it -- Centre -- that brings world-renowned entertainment to the town at very affordable prices and with parking spaces within a few blocks. It's a combination of elements you won't find just anywhere that make the place special. Talented citizens, wise citizens who planned ahead, friendly citizens, all make this place a really, really special home. We have history, culture, good food, great architecture, Kentucky booze, horse farms, and friendly people. I'd be crazy not to live here!!!!!!
Reviewed by asilanom
on May 31, 2012
I love walking down Main Street and looking in the shops, or walking Constution Square. The trees and flowers look so beautiful in the spring nad summer. In the winter when the snow has fallen and you look down Main Street its like stepping back in time.
Reviewed by michgross
on May 31, 2012
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