|Located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, Bardstown offers the ultimate getaway with an atmosphere that seems to have leaped from the paintings of Norman Rockwell and the pages of Mark Twain. In just an afternoon, one can easily understand why Rand McNally and USA Today declared Bardstown the Most Beautiful Small Town in America. Settled in 1780, Bardstown is Kentucky’s second-oldest city. Obviously, a lot has changed since then, but a lot has stayed the same. Throughout Nelson County, there are more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, with nearly 200 of them located in the historic downtown district. In fact, the stagecoach stop that was built in 1779 still stands today as a tavern, but it’s not just the town structures that have stayed the same. You’ll also find the friendly attitude and Southern charm that can only be found in such a town. It’s a place where neighbors still borrow cups of sugar. Because let’s face it, you can’t make a mint julep without sugar! You also can’t make it without bourbon. Speaking of … who’s ready to join TURNER as we soak up some local culture? |
HIGHLIGHT CITY: Bardstown, KY
FEATURES: The Old Talbott Tavern - Built in 1779. It is the oldest Western Stagecoach stop in America and home to the oldest bourbon bar in the world. Enjoy their famously delicious menu. • My Old Kentucky Dinner Train - Embark on your journey from our historical depot nestled in Bardstown, Kentucky. Throughout the journey, the train travels through the breathtaking Kentucky countryside, traveling by sites such as Jim Beam distillery, Jesse James’ safe house, and the Jackson Hollow Trestle in the Bernheim Forest. Enjoy a 2.5 hour, 36-mile roundtrip excursion featuring a gourmet, four-course dinner prepared fresh onboard by our dedicated culinary team. • Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History - Chronicles the history of American whiskey from Colonial days through the 1960’s. Exhibits on President Washington, Abraham Lincoln, authentic moonshine stills, antique bottles and jugs, medicinal whisky bottles, unique advertising art, novelty whiskey containers, and much more. • My Old Kentucky Home State Park - Tour the historic Rowan plantation home that provided the inspiration for the song, “My Old Kentucky Home,” written by America’s first composer Stephen Foster. Here the song performed on your tour by one of the park’s talented guides. Built in 1812, this large mansion is adorned with beautiful antiques, fine paintings, and has been restored to its mid-19th century appearance. • Heaven Hill Distillery Bourbon Heritage Center - Learn, tadte, and tour. Experience the independent spirit and artistry of heaven Hill and see how Heaven Hill has repainted the whiskey landscape wit their wide array of American Whiskeys. Family owned and operated since they were founded in 1935.