First settled in 1780, Bardstown is Kentucky’s second-oldest city. Obviously, a lot has changed since then. But a lot has also 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 famed Old Talbott Tavern, the oldest bourbon bar in the world.

Minutes from downtown Bardstown is famed Federal Hill at My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Also nearby is outdoor amphitheater and annual musical production The Stephen Foster Story. Historic Wickland, home to three Kentucky governors, is close by. These are just a few of the myriad historical attractions Bardstown has to offer. See more below.

Abbey of Gethsemani
Old County Jail
Women’s Museum of the 1800’s and Civil War Period
Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral
The General Hal Moore Military Museum
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
Bardstown-Nelson County Historical Museum
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
Old Bardstown Colonial Village and Park
Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre
Kentucky Railway Museum
Old Talbott Tavern
Bishop Flaget Log House & St. Thomas Church
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Wickland, Home of Three Governors