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.

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