One of the 10 fastest growing communities in Kentucky,
Bardstown has been recognized annually in recent years by various
publications as a great small community, to live and to do business.
Site Selection Magazine ranked Bardstown 18th out of the Top 100
small towns for corporate facilities, based on new and expanded
facilities between 1998 and 2002.
Bardstown, site of my Old Kentucky Home and the
Stephen Foster Musical, is a community rich in history, beauty and
legends. Nelson County was created out of Virginia in 1785 and seven
years later it became part of the Commonwealth
One of the city's most notable landmarks is the
Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square. The tavern was built in 1797
and was the first stagecoach stop west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Another landmark, St. Joseph's Proto-Cathedral, now a nationally-recognized
minor basilica, was built between 1816 and 1819.
Wickland, the former home of three Kentucky governors, is a prime
example of Georgian-style homes.
Bourbon has historically played an important role
in the county and is its most famous export. Area distillers include
Heaven Hill, Barton Brands, Jim Beam, and Makers Mark.
Nelson County's heritage encompasses agriculture,
the Civil War, Catholic schools and missions, bourbon, progressive
light industry and manufacturing, and legends of famous people (John
Fitch, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Jesse James, Stephen Foster)
who have left their mark on our land. A close proximity to Louisville,
Lexington, and Frankfort puts the community in the
heart of Blue Grass country.
The Nelson County Court House
Federal Hill My Old Kentucky Home
Photo by Steve Lowery
Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral
Nelson County Is Just Minutes Away.
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