Bardstown, Kentucky

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"

Description

The Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is a Kentucky landmark and quintessentially hospitable. Kick off your visit in downtown’s Courthouse Square where distinct small town storefronts lead to the picturesque, distinguished Courthouse. From here a walking tour, carriage ride or trolley trip will transport you through history and traditions.

The first stop on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, this town’s tastings are most visitor’s first stop upon arrival. From small, family-owned distilleries to world-famous Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, bourbon is an art form here and a part of Bardstown’s identity. For this spirit’s biggest connoisseurs, come for the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September or add the Museum of Whiskey History to your itinerary.

My Old Kentucky Home is another must-stop, the state park where Stephen Foster wrote the song locals still hold dear. For a feel of that time ride the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, which offers a first-class meal through beautiful Bluegrass Country. The town’s history is further commemorated at the Civil War Museum and Kentucky Railway Museum, where visitors can ride a locomotive and view model trains and artifacts.

In addition to charming shopping, varied dining and Southern bed and breakfasts, enjoy outdoor recreation, wineries, even more museums and an array of local festivals. With 30 annual events, there’s always something happening here, with food, music, history and spirits bringing the community together. See why locals love living here in their reviews.

I have lived in Bardstown since 2002 and would not live anywhere else
Reviewed by dallasryker
on June 4, 2012
A wonderful, safe place to visit.
Reviewed by mehite@yahoo.com
on June 4, 2012
Most beautiful country to raise my family!
Reviewed by Nowaskiet
on June 4, 2012
I have been able to take part in Young Leaders, which is sponsored by the Bardstown Chamber of Commerce. The kids in the group through a process to get selected and is open to all sophomores at the 3 high schools. With this group, we have learned many things about Bardstown. I have seen how friendly and neighborly everyone is, the beauty, and how fum a small town like Bardstown can be. I love to be in Bardstown around Christmas time when everything is all lit up. The summer time is even better when you have many things going on, such as: The Bourbon Festival or the county fair.
Reviewed by fbmanager17
on June 4, 2012
The historic landscape in Bardstown is warm and inviting.
Reviewed by rclark
on June 1, 2012
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Population

11,700

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