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 is a great place to live, work, and play!
Reviewed by oldbridge2
on June 4, 2012
Danville has many postsecondary educational opportunities available: Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University/Danville Campus, Bluegrass Community & Technical College/Danville Campus, and National College/Danville Campus. The four college campuses serve a combined enrollment of over 3400 students!
Reviewed by buell.street
on June 4, 2012
Sunday's Danville Advocate-Messenger reported that Centre College has invested over $100 million in new construction and capital improvements to its campus since it hosted the 2000 Vice Presidential Debate, and is preparing to host the 2012 VP Debate on October 11, 2012.
Reviewed by centre.college
on June 4, 2012
Danville-Boyle County is a great place to raise a family. Small town living with big city metro amenities just 30 minutes away in Lexington.
Reviewed by eagorack
on June 4, 2012
Recently designated a Cultural Heritage District (there are only five such districts in the State) by Kentucky's Arts Council, Danville's downtown buzzes with activity. Tourists come for the theater, the unique museums, the great restaurants, bistros and boutiques, concerts, and the arts. They stay a few days to visit nearby Shaker Village and Perryville Battlefield. When you come, be sure to plan time to visit Constitution Square, Pioneer Playhouse, The Great American Dollhouse Museum, Ephraim McDowell House, the Community Arts Center, Norton Center for the Arts, West T. Hill Theater. Stroll the lovely campus of Centre College. Refresh yourselves at one of our many bistros and fine eateries, bakeries and microbreweries. Get back out in time to enjoy sparkling sidewalk strolling in the evening. If you like extra activity, be sure to come for The Great American Brass Band Festival, the Kentucky State BBQ Festival, Gallery Hop evenings, or brave the excited crowds at the upcoming Vice Presidential debate, which chose Danville for the second time in recent years. Whenever you arrive, you'll have to keep on your toes to see everything in this stunning, lively, new-age but old-fashioned little American town!
Reviewed by DollhouseMuseum
on June 1, 2012
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