DescriptionSettled in 1775, Danville was the capital of the Kentucky District of Virginia for many years and of the new Commonwealth of Kentucky for 3 days while the state's constitution was drawn up. The property of pioneer surgeon Dr. Ephraim McDowell has been preserved as McDowell House Museum, Apothecary and Gardens and depicts Kentucky's journey to statehood; phone (859) 236-2804 for more information.
Isaac Shelby, both the first and fifth governor of Kentucky, is buried in the Isaac Shelby Cemetery State Historic Site 5 miles south of Danville off US 127. Shelby was the chairman of the first Kentucky Constitutional Convention and served in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
Many of the state's landmark structures were built in Danville, including Kentucky's first college, school for the deaf, law school, log courthouse and brick courthouse as well as the first post office west of the Allegheny Mountains. Danville hosts the Great American Brass Band Festival in June. This 3-day event includes hot air balloon races, a huge picnic on the lawns of Centre College and music by brass performers from across the country.
Visitor InfoDanville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors Bureau 105 E. Walnut St. DANVILLE, KY 40422. Phone:(859)236-7794
ShoppingThe historic buildings in Danville's central downtown area offer specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Things to SeeThe Great American Dollhouse Museum