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 beautiful, well kept and historic city.
Reviewed by rosiejr
on June 1, 2012
Danville is a wonderful place to live! In addition to all of the beautiful historic homes, the downtown area is the centerpiece for the community with beautiful buildings, green space and Centre College.
Reviewed by etipton0001
on June 1, 2012
Danville, Kentucky, is the birthplace of Kentucky's statehood, where several statehood conventions were held before Kentucky's Constitution was adopted here in 1792. Today's Constitution Square State Historic Site downtown preserves Danville's original town square where Kentucky was born. Danville, known as the "City of Firsts", is home to Centre College, which has consistently been ranked the top liberal arts college in the South and among the top 25 in the United States among all universities and colleges. Centre provides big city amenities to the Danville area through its Norton Center for the Arts, where the nation's top acts regularly perform. Danville's signature festival event is the Great American Brass Band Festival, which takes place during the second week/weekend of June. This 25-year-old festival celebrates the best of brass band music, culminating in the Great American Picnic with a concert ranging from military to New Orleans jazz bands. Danville's downtown business district is a thriving area of small shops and restaurants, focused on a Main Street that is straight from a Norman Rockwell painting. Danville is located at the southwestern edge of Central Kentucky's Bluegrass region. It is the county seat of Boyle County, which is nestled between Lake Herrington, a 2335-acre recreational lake, and the Knobs, a range of conical hills which ring the Bluegrass region. Danville is the central hub for employment, shopping, dining, and services to a 7-county region. The city has a diverse industrial base with companies familiar names such as Panasonic, American Greetings, Caterpillar, Timberland, and Red Wing Shoes. Danville is the regional headquarters of Ephraim McDowell Health, centered on the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, a 222-bed hospital, and a large medical community of physicians and services. All these features and more caused Money magazine to name Danville among the Top 25 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2011.
Reviewed by jodylassiter
on June 1, 2012
Danville should be voted Best Small Town in America for it's wonderful restaurants, quaint Main Street, fun places to shop, Centre College and Norton Art Center performances, multiple main street events and festivals, super friendly atmosphere, historic homes, rich history, and it has the most beautiful countryside around!
Reviewed by squirrel3189
on June 1, 2012
Danville is a wonderful place to live, work and play!
Reviewed by chefjenn
on June 1, 2012
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