Lebanon and Marion County offer the best that
small rural communities have to offer but are located within an
hour and a half of large cities such as Louisville and Lexington.
Located in the geographic center of Kentucky,
the county is peppered with beautiful knobs and rolling pastureland.
Numerous industries and businesses have elected
to locate here over the past 20 years because of the small town
attractiveness and "Howdy neighbor" attitude coupled with
a strong work force.
With a population of 18,000, Marion County is
well known for its Civil War and religious history along with its
main tourism attractions - Maker's Mark Distillery, the Loretto
Motherhouse and Marion County Country Ham Days.
Agriculture remains an important part of the community
with tobacco, corn, soybeans, cattle and hogs among the principal
products. Workers here build auto parts and wood products and plastic
injection molding industry is abundant.
The community features a variety of restaurants
and live entertainment along with a nine-hole golf course, high
school athletic facilities that rival those of small universities
and several parks including Graham Memorial Park, which has the
Lebanon Aquatic Center, an Olympic-style indoor pool.
The county comprises four incorporated communities
- Lebanon, which is the county seat, Loretto, Bradfordsville and
Raywick - along with villages such as Gravel Switch, St. Francis,
Nerinx, Holy Cross, St. Joe and Finley.
Marion County was named after Francis "The
Swamp Fox" Marion and Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan is
said to have ridden his horse into and right up the steps of Myrtledene,
Lebanon's popular bed and breakfast located on scenic Spalding Avenue,
the entrance to the town.
While Maker's Mark Distillery is known for its
premium bourbon world wide, Ham Days, the county's fall festival
held the last weekend of September each year, attracts more than
25,000 visitors because of its food, entertainment and shopping
So come on down and ham it up with us in September
or any other time during the year. You'd be mighty welcome.
Lebanon and Marion County has a rich Civil
War history. This statue of Union Gen. George H. Thomas stands in
a small park on Spalding Avenue, the main entrance to Lebanon.
Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto is known
worldwide for its premium bourbon. The distillery doubles as a tourist
attraction bringing thousands of visitors to Marion County each
Lebanon and Marion County has become an oasis
in central Kentucky for food and entertainment. A variety of restaurants
can be found throughout the county, particularly in Lebanon, and
some offer live entertainment regularly.
Marion County Is Just Minutes Away.
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