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Did you know that Bardstown is the “Bourbon Capital of the World”?

Population: 11,700
Best Way To Travel: Car
#1 Thing To do: Stephen Foster – The Musical
#2 Thing To do: Heaven Bill Bourbon Heritage Center
#3 Thing To do: My Old Kentucky Home State Park

Fun Fact: Bardstown was first settled in the 1780s. It is one of the oldest cities in the state of Kentucky.
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Bardstown is an amazing city in the state of Kentucky, being the county seat of Nelson County at the same time. The name of Bardstown comes from the Bard brothers, David and William. The former obtained the land from the then governor of Virginia, while the latter was the one who organized the town. The establishment took place in 1780, and Bardstown was incorporated 10 years later.
However, Bardstown was settled in the 1770s, by European Americans, so the city is one of the oldest ones in Kentucky. Since then, Bardstown developed hugely, and now there are 11.700 residents living here. Bardstown was one of the first centers of Catholicism in the United States. A particularly interesting fact about Bardstown is that it is nicknamed 'The Bourbon Capital of the World'. Nevertheless, Bardstown offers a wide range of cultural and leisure options, for visitors to enjoy.

Top Attractions within Bardstown

The Civil War Museum
was founded in 1996, and it has been one of the greatest cultural institutions in the region, ever since. The museum actually comprises 5 facilities, which are: Civil War Museum of the Western Theater, Pioneer Village, Women's Civil War Museum, War Memorial of Mid America and Wildlife Museum. As you can see, the cultural diversity found at this museum is extraordinary, and it gives you the chance to learn everything about the Civil War.

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival
is one of the main events in Bardstown, where people gather to celebrate the history and art of the bourbon whiskey production. The nickname I was telling you about comes from this festival, which was first held in 1992. Since then, more than 50.000 visitors come here every year to take part of the festival and to enjoy the variety of shows offered.

The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
is, as the name suggests, a great cultural facility, where you can learn everything about the history of the world famous drink called whiskey. Here, you will have the chance to see old whiskey bottles, as well as other artifacts dating from the National Prohibition period.
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