Bardstown, Kentucky is an incredibly charming town filled with historic attractions. Located in the heart of Bluegrass Kentucky, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. As the second oldest city in Kentucky, there are a variety of things to do and places to explore. In total, there are 200 buildings on the National Historic Register in Bardstown’s historic downtown. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll discover Bardstown’s incredible dedication to hospitality. You’re also never too far away from a delicious bourbon cocktail. Book a room at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast, and come discover the most beautiful small town in America.
Bardstown’s Historic Attractions
While the world around us travels at a frenzied and chaotic pace, we can assure you it’s different in Bardstown. Walk through the charming streets of downtown Bardstown, and you’ll be greeted by one historic attraction after another. Whether it’s the Stagecoach Stop built in 1779 that’s still standing, or the romantic sounds of Stephen Foster’s outdoor musical each summer, history comes alive in Bardstown. As you plan your itinerary, don’t miss these spectacular historic attractions in and around Bardstown:
- Visit the Federal Hill Mansion at My Old Kentucky Home State Park. It was built in 1812, and served as the inspiration behind Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home.” Tours of this beautiful home are given daily.
- From June 10 – August 12, enjoy the sounds of The Stephen Foster Story; the dramatic retelling “America’s first great composer.”
- Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train.
- Dive deeper into Bourbon history at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, where they have an extensive collection of the liquor memorabilia from the 1700s to today.
- Tour the Kentucky Railway Museum, and ride the rails of Kentucky’s historic past.
- Tour Wickland, considered one of the best examples of Federal-style houses in Kentucky.
- Visit the Civil War Museum of the Western Theater. This museum is one of the nation’s four most important Civil War tributes, and it houses Kentucky’s largest collection of Civil War artifacts, including authentic uniforms, battle flags, weapons, maps and documents. As an added bonus, you can take a self-guided tour of Old Bardstown Village, included with admission.
- Tour the Women of the Civil War Museum, for an in depth look at how women impacted America’s great war.
- Stop in at the Hurst Soda Fountain for a delicious blast from the past.
- Bardstown’s Department of Tourism has also put together a wonderful historic walking tour, that will guide you through the town’s historic highlights.
- Enjoy a drink in our Bourbon Bar & Lounge, located on our property in a historic and recently renovated 3-story tobacco barn.
After an in-depth look into the many historic attractions in downtown Bardstown, come back to the luxurious modern-day accommodations at the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast. We hope your stay with us is as unique and special as the town of Bardstown. Book your room at our Kentucky Bed and Breakfast today.