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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Events in Bardstown
TRAIN JOB - KYBrowncoats & My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
at My Old Kentucky Dinner Train Find Tickets
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
Rob Maupin Jr Acoustic
at Mammy's Kitchen
Acoustic performance Friday October 18th 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Coal Cave Hollow Boys
at The Old Talbott Tavern
Mash started playing guitar at the age of 7 and his fast and flawless guitar picking will bring applause from any crowd. His vocals carry sounds seasoned beyond his years.
Bourbon City Eggfest
at Joe Hill's Powersports & Equipment
Come join us for food, fun, and entertainment and support a good cause here in Bardstown, KY. All proceeds go to The Guthrie Center!
Improv 502 Presents: The Haunting of Nannie Tharp
The original trio from The Nannie Tharp Experience returns after over a decade! With a hilarious evening of improv comedy from Santosh David Smith, Stefan Gearhart, and Ben Hagan.
Cotton Johnson Acoustic@ The Old Talbott Tavern
at The Old Talbott Tavern
Bardstown Ky!!! I’m excited to make my first appearance at The Old Talbott Tavern and I promise not to disappoint hope to see you there!!!!
The Roast of Ghosts
Character Assassination presents The Roast Of Ghosts!
Boos and Booze Halloween Party
at 62 South Bar&grill
The best Rock and Party music in town with The Habit! Get ready for a spooky good time!
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
Oct 14 at 01:00 PM · 02:00 pm