Bardstown-Nelson County Community Profile

2013

Take a closer look at Bardstown and Nelson County, Ky., the Bourbon Capital of the World. Named the Most Beautiful Small Town in America, Bardtown has a bustling economy, unique tourist attractions, three bourbon distilleries and much more.

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Other youth sports take place in town at the recreation complex on West Broadway and Jones Avenue. The complex includes the city pool, a gym, tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, skate park and a baseball/softball field. In addition to the sports facilities, the complex has a picnic area with a lighted pavilion, tables, benches and grills. Park facilities are also available in Bloomfield and New Haven. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest nearby welcomes hikers to its 14,000-acre forest that features numerous trails and picnic areas. Education The area offers the best of both private and public education. The Bardstown school district operates an early childhood center, primary school, elementary school, middle school and high school. It also provides an adult education program for older students. The Nelson County school district has elementary and middle schools in Bardstown, Bloomfield, Boston, Cox���s Creek and New Haven. Nelson County High is just east of Bardstown, and the system���s new high Golf Courses Bardstown Country Club, Maywood: 18 holes, 6,965 yards, par 72 Bardstown Country Club, Woodlawn Springs: 18 holes, 6,532 yards, par 72 Cedar-Fil: 18 holes, 5,938 yards, par 72 My Old Kentucky Home State Park: 18 holes, 6,351 yards, par 71 school, Thomas Nelson, on the growing northwest side of town, opens in 2012. The county system also operates the Nelson County Area Technology Center. The Archdiocese of Louisville offers Catholic education at elementary schools in Bardstown, Howardstown, New Haven and Samuels. Most of the students from those schools go on to Bethlehem High School in downtown Bardstown. Higher education is readily available in the area. St. Catharine College and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College offer classes in Bardstown. More than two dozen higher education institutions, including the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, are within 65 miles of Bardstown. If you���re into broadening your horizons on your own, the Nelson County Public Library recently moved into new quarters in Bardstown, greatly expanding the room available for patrons. The new quarters provide meeting rooms for community functions, and the library has a wellstocked genealogy room for people tracing their ancestors. Health Care The library sits on the site of the former Flaget Memorial Hospital, which built a modern facility on KY 245 northwest of Bardstown. Flaget has garnered national attention, having been named one of the best in America by the 100 Top Hospitals Program��. The program rates 3,000 hospitals across the country on the quality of care, efficient treatment at a reasonable cost and how much the community can rely on the hospital. Flaget was one of only 20 small hospitals in the country to receive the national award. There are three schools systems in Nelson County ��� a private parochial system, the Nelson County system and the Bardstown Independent system, which includes Bardstown High School shown here. ���I could not be more proud of our staff���s efforts to make Flaget such a safe, caring and financially strong hospital that serves the needs of our community,��� St. Joseph Health Systems President Bruce Klockars said. ���Our community leaders, management team, physicians, employees and volunteers deserve many thanks for all their hard work and their commitment to excellence.��� Flaget provides physicians and surgeons in specialties such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, pain management, sleep disorder, trauma, physical therapy and occupational therapy services and offers a state-of-the-art cancer center. Religion Flaget Memorial Hospital was founded as a cooperative effort between community leaders and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, a religious order that began in Nelson County nearly 200 years ago. It was named for Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget, the first bishop of the Diocese of Bardstown, which was created in 1808. Religion continues to play an important role in Nelson County, with congregations representing all the major denominations. Housing Whether it���s downtown loft living, a golf course community lifestyle or a home in the country, you can find that and more in Nelson County. Based on these factors, including health care, housing, recreation and location, Best Places to Retire Magazine has chosen Bardstown and Nelson County as one of the best places to retire in the U.S. ��� The Lane Report���s Bardstown/Nelson County Community Profile 5

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