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Abby of Gethsemani Visitor's CenterAbbey of Gethsemani Visitor Center 
3642 Monks Rd, Hwy 247, Trappist, KY 40051; 502-549-4406. Open Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m-5 p.m., closed Sunday. The center offers displays and a video presentation about monastery life as well as a gift shop with Gethsemani Farms products. The Abbey, founded in 1848 by the Order of Trappist Cistercians, is home today to Trappist monks who open doors to spiritual seekers from all over the world.
 Round the Town Carriage
Around the Town Carriage
223 N. Third St., Bardstown; 502-348-0331 or 502-249-0889. Open daily, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. The carriage ride provides a slow-paced way to see the sites of historic Bardstown. We offer carriages, buggies and even a stagecoach to tour just about any size group.
Bardstown Historical MuseumBardstown-Nelson County Historical Museum
114 N. Fifth St., Bardstown; 502-348-2999.  Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (May-Oct.); Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov.-Apr.); Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. (year-round). Inside Spalding Hall, collection includes an original porcupine-quill-decorated Indian coat and one of the first Kentucky long rifles made in Bardstown by renowned gunsmith, Jacob Rizer (circa 1835). Variety of Historical artifacts, up to and including WWII. HA

Bardstown OpryBardstown Opry
426 Sutherland Rd.,Bardstown; 270-617-0233. Country music show every Friday night, 7:30 pm, featuring other specialty shows throughout the year.

Barton 1792 DistilleryBarton 1792 Distillery & Visitor Center
501 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown; 502-331-4879 or 866-239-4690.  Open year round.   Tours are hourly on the hour: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Tour a fully operating distillery and see the inner workings of how our award winning Bourbon is made. Each tour begins and ends in the Barton 1792 Visitor Center where guests can purchase many unique gifts and souvenirs.  Tours and tastings are complimentary.  All ages are welcome.

St. Joseph Proto-CathedralBasilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral
310 W. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown; 502-348-3126. Open year round. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. First Catholic cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains, the church was built in 1816-1819. This historic edifice contains fine paintings, gifts of Francis (King of the two Sicilies) and Pope Leo XII. Donations requested. HA.
Bernheim ForestBernheim Arboretum and Research Forest 
2499 Clermont Rd, Hwy 245, Clermont, KY 40110; 502-955-8512. Open 7 a.m. until near sunset daily; check website for schedule.  Visitor Center open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Isaac's Cafe open daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Free admission, Mon.-Fri.; $5 per vehicle on weekends, holidays. Renowned arboretum and 14,378-acre forest preserve with nature center, picnic areas, canopy tree walk, 38 miles of hiking trails and lakes. No camping, hunting or horseback riding.
Bishop Flaget Log House Bishop Flaget Log House & St. Thomas Church
870 St. Thomas Lane, Bardstown; 502-348-3717. Open 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., May - Nov. Other times by appointment. Bishop Flaget, first Bishop of Bardstown, arrived at the house (circa 1795) in 1811 and lived there for seven years. Now an interpretive museum, the house reflects the 1812 era.
Bourbon City RacewayBourbon City Raceway
2389 New Haven Rd, Bardstown; 502-331-1644.  Gates open at 3 p.m., Hot laps start at 5 p.m.  See our website for race schedule and entry fees.

Bourbon University at Kentucky Bourbon HouseBourbon University at Kentucky Bourbon House
107 East Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown; 502-507-8338. Wed.-Sat 1 p.m. Call ahead for reservations. Groups welcome. Kentucky Bourbon House is a restored Federalist mansion built by Henry Chapeze in 1787. The Chapeze family founded Chapeze distillery that produced the Old Charter bourbon brand. Enjoy ten samples of premium Kentucky Bourbons, two rye whiskies and a white dog. Kentucky inspired foods served throughout the class.
Chuckleberry Farm & WineryChuckleberry Farm & Winery
527 Garrison Lane, Bloomfield; 502-249-1051. Open year round Fri. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1-5 p.m.; Seasonal May 15 - Aug. 15 Tues. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Family owned and operated winery on the outskirts of Bardstown. Specializing in sweet fruit wines. We also sell jellies, jams, blackberry cobbler and fresh fruit (when in season). Come visit us for a fresh new wine experience.  Tastings are $5, receive a souvenir glass. 

Civil War Museum
Civil War
Museum of the Western Theatre
Museum Row, 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown; 502-349-0291. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. 1- Oct. 31, Fri., Sat., & Sun only Nov. 1 - Dec. 15.  Closed Dec. 16 - Feb. 28, Easter & Thanksgiving.  One of the four-most important Civil War Museums and Kentucky's largest collection of Civil War artifacts. Authentic uniforms, battle flags, weapons, maps and documents are on display. HA.

Four Roses Distillery
Four Roses Distillery

624 Lotus Rd., Cox's Creek, KY 40013; 502-543-2264. Mon.-Fri.,  8 a.m.-2 p.m. See bottling done by hand and smell sweet aging bourbon in white oak barrels. Gift shop and free private tours by appointment only.
Heaven Hill Distillery & Visitor's CenterHeaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center
1311 Gilkey Run Rd., Bardstown; 502-337-1000. Open year round. Mon.- Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-4 p.m., Closed Sun. & Mon., Jan.& Feb. Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Election Day.  State-of-the-art visitor center provides the ultimate educational and entertainment experience. Tour a working rickhouse, see a movie and receive a tutored tasting in the "Taste of Heaven" barrel-shaped tasting room. HA.  Visit our website for distillery tour details.            
Jim Beam DistilleryJim Beam American Stillhouse
526 Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY 40110; 502-543-9877. Open year round. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., Noon-4:30 p.m. Closed Sun., Jan. - Feb.; New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Taste premium bourbons in the American Stillhouse tasting room.  Visit our website for distillery tour details and reservations. Must arrive by 3:30 p.m. for last tour.
Kentucky Railway MuseumKentucky Railway Museum
136 S. Main St., New Haven, KY 40051; 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. Open Mon.- Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., Noon-5 p.m. Closed Sun., Mon. & Thurs. Jan.- March. Bells, lights and steam whistles abound at Kentucky's official railway museum. Take a ride through the scenic Rolling Fork River Valley.  AAA discount. HA.
Maker's Mark DistilleryMaker's Mark Distillery
3350 Burks Spring Rd., Loretto, KY 40037; 270-865-2099. Open year round. Tours Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sun.,11:30-3:30 p.m. Closed Sun., Jan.-Feb.; New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We love company, we invite you to stop in and we'll give you an up-close-and-personal look at our distillery, our whisky and the dream that led to both.  Purchase a souvenir bottle and hand-dip it in Maker's signature red wax. Must be 21 to purchase and dip.
 McIntyre's Winery & Berries
McIntyre's Winery & Berries
531 McIntyre Lane, Bardstown, 502-507-3264. 
Open daily 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 1- 7 p.m. 
Our winery produces homemade fruit wines made from fresh grown blueberries and blackberries.  At McIntyre's Winery, you can get fresh berries and homemade fruit wines, or you can take a winery tour and indulge in a wine tasting.  We produce dry wine, sweet wine, and fruit wines.

My Old Kentucky Dinner TrainMy Old Kentucky Dinner Train
602 N. Third St., Bardstown; 502-348-7300 or 866-801-3463. Year round. Fri., 5 p.m.; Sat., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. and other select days.  Relive the elegance of railcar dining as you travel through beautiful Bourbon Country in Kentucky. Experience a gourmet meal, impeccable service and true Southern hospitality. Reservations recommended.
My Old Kentucky Home State ParkMy Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 E. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown; 502-348-3502 or 800-323-7803. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day.   Federal Hill was the inspiration for Stephen Foster's ballad, "My Old Kentucky Home," which honors the state song. Built in 1812, it is as endearing to visitors today as when Foster wrote the song. HA first floor only.
Native American Museum
Museum Row, 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown; 502-349-0291. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. 1- Oct. 31, Fri., Sat., & Sun only Nov. 1 - Dec. 15.  Closed Dec. 16 - Feb. 28, Easter & Thanksgiving.  Looks at how Native Americans lived at various stages of American history. Three habitats are shown: reproduction longhouse, teepee, and adobe house. Also reproduction totem poles. Purchase tickets at the Civil War Museum.
Old Bardstown VillageOld Bardstown Village
Museum Row, 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown; 502-349-0291. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. 1- Oct. 31, Fri., Sat., & Sun only Nov. 1 - Dec. 15.  Closed Dec. 16 - Feb. 28, Easter & Thanksgiving. The Old Bardstown Village is a re-creation of a 1790's frontier village representative of the first westward movement of the nation. The cabins are 150 to 200 years old. HA Purchase tickets at the Civil War Museum.
Old County JailOld County Jail
111 W. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown; 502-348-5551 or 800-948-5551. Open Sun.-Fri., 2-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Includes a tour of the original 1819 jail. A chilling look at conditions in this jail that was in operation until 1987.
Talbott Tavern - Bourbon BarOld Talbott Tavern
107 W. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown; 502-348-3494 or 800-482-8376. Open daily. Built in 1779, the historic stone building has been a silent witness to an amazing panorama of events and an unending parade of visitors from kings to pioneers and presidents to renegades.
Spalding HallOscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
114 N. Fifth St., Bardstown; 502-348-2999. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (May-Oct.); Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov.-Apr.); Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. (year-round). Extensive collection of the liquor memorabilia of Oscar Getz and other distillers from the 1700's to today. Includes George Washington's mill stone, prohibition prescriptions, a replica of Lincoln's Tavern in Illinois and Carrie Nation's hatchet. HA
Sisters of Charity of NazarethSisters of Charity of Nazareth
134 Main Ave., Hwy 31E/150, Nazareth, KY 40048; 
3 miles north of downtown Bardstown. 502-348-1500.  Open year-round, hours vary. Call for tours, retreat information & Mass times. An excellent quiet campus for walks, meditating, tours, retreats. Highlights of the campus include a new Visitor Center, Heritage Museum, Retreats Office, all in historic O'Connell Hall, and St. Vincent Church with its beautiful gothic architecture. 

Springhill Winery - Bloomfield, KYSpringhill Winery
3205 Springfield Rd./Hwy. 55, Bloomfield, KY 40008; 502-252-9463. Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. Taste your wine selections in our tasting room or on the patio overlooking the Easter vineyards.
Stephen Foster - The MusicalThe Stephen Foster Story
411 E. Stephen Foster Ave., P O Box 546, Bardstown; 502-348-5971 or 800-626-1563. Select dates June 14 - Aug.16, 2014, 8:30 p.m., except Mon. and Thurs.; Sat. matinee in an indoor theater at 2 p.m. This spectacular musical, with a cast of more than 50 performers, is based on the life of America's first great composer, Stephen Foster.

Other 2014 production includes:

You’re A Good Man,
Charlie Brown

Thursday & Saturday
July 10 through August 9, 2014
8:30 p.m.

Walking TourWalking Tour
Based at the Welcome Center, One Court Square, Bardstown; 800-638-4877 or 502-348-4877. Self-guided tours of Historic downtown Bardstown. Maps available at Welcome Center or download our Attractions Walking Tour or our Historic Walking Tour (pdf format).
War Memorial of Mid-America/Hal Moore
Museum Row, 202 E. Broadway, Bardstown; 502-349-0291.Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. 1- Oct. 31, Fri., Sat., & Sun only Nov. 1 - Dec. 15.  Closed Dec. 16 - Feb. 28, Easter & Thanksgiving.  The Memorial covers all of America's wars, from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm, with outstanding graphics and artifacts. Purchase tickets at the Civil War Museum.

            Wickland - Home of 3 Governers                  

Wickland, Home of Three Governors

550 Bloomfield Rd./Hwy. 62, Bardstown; 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877. Open May-Labor Day, Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Self-guided architectural tour, quilt exhibit. Considered one of the best Georgian-style houses in Kentucky, it was built circa 1825-1828. Also, exhibits focusing on the three governors and the Civil War.
Wildlife/Natural History Museum
Museum Row, 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown; 502-349-0291. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. 1- Oct. 31, Fri., Sat., & Sun only Nov. 1 - Dec. 15.  Closed Dec. 16 - Feb. 28, Easter & Thanksgiving.  The museum features an extensive collection of North American animals in their natural habitat. Fossils and minerals from around the world are also featured. HA  Purchase tickets at the Civil War Museum.

Willett Distillery Willett Distillery
1869 Loretto Road, Bardstown; 502-348-0899. Tours are on the hour Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat.,10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sun., (March-Dec.) 12:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. Closed Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Reservations are recommended. Learn about one of Kentucky’s smallest family-owned and independently operated distilleries. Tour our recently restored distillery and sample the unique Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys that are bottled by hand in very small batches.

Civil War MuseumWomen of the Civil War Museum
Museum Row, 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown; 502-349-0291.Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mar. 1- Oct. 31, Fri., Sat., & Sun only Nov. 1 - Dec. 15.  Closed Dec. 16 - Feb. 28, Easter & Thanksgiving.  The museum portrays women as nurses, spies, soldiers in disguise, plantation and factory workers. Clothing and artifacts from the era help to tell their story.  Purchase tickets at the Civil War Museum.



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