The Spirits Are Kicking in Bardstown

Spirits of Bardstown

(and we’re not just talking about bourbon)

There’s something uniquely beautiful about Bardstown in every season of the year. To many, as the features of the fall and the town’s signature spirit reflect one another, the best time to visit is right now. The town is not only covered in a canopy of bourbon’s hues, it’s filled with the distinctive aroma of autumn, scents that are often closely associated with the drink. And of course, with All Hallows Eve soon approaching, there are all sorts of bewitching activities.

In Kentucky’s second oldest town, a lot of guests have come and gone. You may have heard of some of them, most notably Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, General George Rogers Clark, French King Louis Philippe, and Jesse James. Legend has it that many Bardstown visitors have enjoyed their stay so much that some just refuse to leave – even after 200 years.

One such place is the historic Home of Three Governors, also known as Wickland. Every Friday and Saturday night in October, you can tour this 190-year-old home during “A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland.”

Each Saturday, Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Star leads chill seekers to three of Bardstown’s most haunted historical places, starting with Talbott Tavern. Built in 1779, this former stagecoach stop is rumored to house the spirits of Jesse James and the infamous Lady in White. In the hallways and room of the Jailer’s Inn, visitors have reported hearing sounds of footsteps and crying.

Lastly, located directly behind Jailer’s Inn is Pioneer Cemetery. The caretakers of this final resting place, built in 1789, not only buried the dead, they buried the living – twice. And there’s your cliffhanger, so if you want to find out more, you’ll have to go on the trek. And just so you know, this isn’t your typical storytelling tour; it’s actually a lesson in paranormal investigation.

Speaking of investigations, check out our murder mystery events! They can be found at My Old Kentucky Dinner Train and the Kentucky Railway Museum. For both events, you’ll enjoy fine Southern cuisine as you get to be an active participant and detective. Looking for more family-friendly seasonal excursions? Take a ride on the Kentucky Railway Museum’s Great Pumpkin Patch Express. You could also check out My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Halloween ride.

On October 24, experience My Old Kentucky Home during a night like no other, The Shadows at Federal Hill. For one night only, the Stephen Foster Story performers take on new roles. Their guests learn about the tragedies and deaths that occurred in the Rowan family.

So there you have it – a season of infamous spirits in the town that’s famous for its spirits. But this is only the beginning of Bardstown’s long list of fall events. For the complete schedule or for more information on any of those mentioned above, click here.


Uncover more Bardstown spirits in the Visitor’s Guide