Bardstown Kentucky is located in Nelson County and is the county seat. Named after the Bard brothers David who purchased the land and his brother William surveyed and plotted out the town. The town was settled during the 1780's receiving its charter in 1790 making it the second oldest town in the state. Bardstown is widely known as the Bourbon Capital of the World. Every year the Kentucky Bourbon Festival is held in Bardstown due to the vast quantity of bourbon that is produced in local distilleries found in and around Bardstown. The main ingredient of Bourbon is corn, and upon completion, the bourbon is aged in huge warehouses known as rick houses. Bourbon is named after Bourbon County, Kentucky where it was first produced. The production of Bourbon is a scientific art where masters in the profession monitor the various steps in the whiskey making process. To learn more of the history of this amazing brew a visit to the museum and American Whiskey Trail that was created by the Distilled Spirits Council. The trail unites eight bourbon distilleries in Kentucky Jim Beam, Maker's Mark and Heaven Hill distilleries are in immediate vicinity of Bardstown. The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey is open to the public and displays this part of Bardstown history. A must see while visiting Bardstown is the Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral the first meeting place for Catholicism west of the Appalachian Mountains. February 8, 1808 the Diocese of Bardstown was founded serving Catholics between the Mississippi River and the Appalachians, which now falls under forty-four dioceses and archdioceses participating in ten states. In 1841, the headquarters of the diocese transferred to Louisville. While in Bardstown visit the Old Talbott Tavern constructed in 1779 in center Bardstown that was visited by Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Boone. The Tavern may be haunted as people have professed to stumble into ghosts or other clairvoyant activities. My Old Kentucky State Park is also located in Bardstown where Judge John and wife Ann Rowan built the mansion "Federal Hill" which inspired Stephen foster to write the song "My Old Kentucky Home". In 2001, Federal Hill was chosen to be represented on the backside of the Kentucky state quarter. Bardstown is rich with history, monumental buildings and beautiful vineyards, making it a very picturesque area to visit.
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Farm to Table
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Bardstown Main Street Farm to Table Dinner Sat. July 20, 2019. Cocktail Hour 6p-7p, Dinner 7p-9p.
Foundation for Marriage (September 7, 2019)
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The Foundation for Marriage program is a one-day, 8 hour session held on selected Saturdays throughout the year in various locations around the Archdiocese. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 5:00 p.m. Attendance for the entire day is required and a c
Learn Real Estate Investing - How I Got Over 40 Houses Bardstown, KY
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Learn from Bill how he started investing in real estate and now owns over 40 properties. He will explain how you get what you focus on. What the wealthy focus on and what the poor and middle class focus on. Learn about the 4 Levels of Real Estate Investing Wholesali
TRAIN JOB - KYBrowncoats & My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
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WELCOME ABOARD! Join Captain Nyorissa Kel and the Kentucky Browncoats for a night of food and decadent frivolity. GAME TO BE ANNOUNCED. Participation is at your own comfort level and not required. Everyone aboard will get to pick their own meal from a sumptuous four-cou
Art for Animals
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June 1st - 30th, the artists of The Gallery in Bardstown, Kentucky are coming together to support the Humane Society of Nelson County and Animal Shelter. The exhibit will feature work from The Gallery’s artists which will be available for sale with portions of the proc
Aspiring Hope Masquerade Ball Fundraiser
Please join us for an evening of fun while supporting a great cause. There will be a silent auction, live music, appetizers and a cash bar. This is a masquerade themed event so suitable attire is expected. Aspiring Hope is a nonprofit organization that enhances its loca
Nelson County High School Class of 2010: 10 Year Class Reunion!
Please Join Us to Celebrate the 10th Reunion of Nelson County High School: Class of 2010