DescriptionSettled in the late 1700s, Bardstown is Kentucky's second oldest city. Its Georgian houses recall the days when Bardstown was a political and social center. A monument in Court Square marks the burial spot of steamboat inventor John Fitch.
The principal industry is distilling, due to an abundance of lime in the community's water supply; some of Kentucky's largest distilleries are in the area. Heaven Hill offers exhibits and a video presentation about the bourbon-making process, and Maker's Mark conducts tours of its complete plant.
O'Connell Hall, on the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth's campus 3 miles north of Bardstown on US 31E, has a museum devoted to the order's history and ministries; phone (502) 348-1500.
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, held in mid-September, celebrates Bardstown's bourbon-making heritage. Among the festivities are a barrel relay, historical tours, art exhibits, food, activities and games.
Visitor InfoBardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission One Court Square BARDSTOWN, KY 40004. Phone:(502)348-4877 or (800)638-4877
Self-guiding toursWalking tour brochures of Bardstown's historic sites are available from the tourist and convention commission.
Things to SeeBardstown Historical Museum