African American Heritage Museum

Bardstown is the home of the first two story Brick Church in Nelson County,
presumably by slaves in 1812. From 1812 until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the church building, referred to as the Union Church, was used at various times by the White Presbyterians, the White Methodist, and the White Baptists. After the Civil War, the church was shared by Baptist and Methodist ex-slaves. By the end of the century, it was used only by the free Black Baptists.

In 2002, the members of First Baptist Church move into their new sanctuary
next door, leaving the old Union Church vacant until 2016, when it was
completely renovated from top to bottom.



315 N 2nd St
Bardstown , Kentucky 40004