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.