Bardstown-Nelson County Community Profile


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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A Gem in Tourism Worldwide tourists visit over 25 quality attractions and more than 30 annual events in Nelson County OR decades, Bardstown has been a top destination for visitors, many of whom come to Kentucky specifically to visit one of the town���s many attractions. And, as with industry and downtown, Bardstown isn���t content to remain static in what it has to offer visitors. F Federal Hill was the inspiration for Stephen Foster���s ���My Old Kentucky Home.��� 12 ���With over 25 quality attractions and more than 30 annual events, Bardstown/ Nelson County is a gem in Kentucky���s tourism industry,��� said Dawn Przystal, the county���s vice president for tourism expansion and marketing. That gem attracts visitors from all over the world, and has for decades. Queen Marija of Romania visited Bardstown���s signature attraction, My Old Kentucky Home State Park, in the 1920s, and people from across the globe find their way to town in ever-increasing numbers more than eight decades later. ���Travel writers keep falling in love with us,��� Przystal said, ���because there are so many things to see and do here.��� My Old Kentucky Home State Park offers tours of the historic home of the Rowan family, whose plantation inspired Kentucky���s state song. Each summer the amphitheater at the park plays host to ���The Stephen Foster Story,��� which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008, at least one other Broadway musical and a Monday night concert series that has featured such acts as Herman���s Hermits, The Band Perry, The Four Tops, Keith Urban and other internationally acclaimed performers. The park also has an 18-hole golf course. Bourbon, Billy Yank and Johnny Reb Bardstown is synonymous with Bourbon, and the smooth Kentucky spirit brings many visitors to town. Nelson County is The Lane Report���s Bardstown/Nelson County Community Profile Re-live the elegance of railcar dining as you travel through Bourbon country on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. the heart of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and Bardstown hosts the Kentucky Bourbon Festival each September. Festival attendees come from more than 40 states and 14 foreign nations each year. Bourbon isn���t the only spirit that brings tourists to town, though. The Bardstown Rotary Club hosts an annual wine and cheese festival each June on the grounds of historical Spalding Hall, which houses both the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and the Bardstown Historical Museum. ���Travel writers keep falling in love with us.��� ���Nelson County Vice President for Tourism Expansion and Marketing Dawn Przystal For more than 50 years, ���The Stephen Foster Story��� has delighted audiences with breathtaking costumes, lively dance and the timeless music of America���s first great composer.

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