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.

Founded in 1787 and located in scenic Central Kentucky, Danville boasts an historically preserved and viable downtown and many educational and cultural resources: nationally ranked Centre College, a liberal arts college founded in 1819 with a 1500-seat concert hall designed by Taliesen West; a recently renovated public state-of-the art library; two vibrant theatre groups; a civil war battlefield at nearby Perryville; and an annual Great American Brass Band Festival with free performances for thousands of attendees every June. With a population of 16,000 and an acclaimed regional medical center, Danville attracts many retirees to enjoy its small town atmosphere and tree-lined streets. Visitors have options of lodging at historic homes or a wide range of hotels.
Reviewed by charsarv
on June 4, 2012
Danville is "Title Town, USA" with both Boyle County and Danville High Schools having won the Kentucky state football championship 17 times--Danville 10 and Boyle County 7. Boyle County achieved a state record 5 consecutive championships from 1999 to 2003.
Reviewed by Jdog02
on June 4, 2012
Love the new restaurants and venues downtown: Bluegrass Pizza & Pub, Mermaids, 303W, Club Carbon, and Beer Engine!
Reviewed by kivvie
on June 4, 2012
Great place to raise a family. Wonderful downtown, great weather, and friendly people.
Reviewed by broughtonamn
on June 4, 2012
Danville is fantastic!!!!
Reviewed by kjteague
on June 4, 2012
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