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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The annual street concert draws thousands to downtown Bardstown and is a highlight of the summer event season. There���s Nothing Small About This Small Town Dating back to 1780, Bardstown is Kentucky���s second oldest city T HERE���S nothing small about this small town. That could well be the motto of Bardstown. Nestled in the heart of Kentucky���s rolling hills, Bardstown is a community whose leaders have forged a balance between progressiveness and historic preservation, creating one of the best small towns in the country. The historic Talbott Tavern and the state-of-the-art Flaget Memorial Hospital embody the blend of tradition and progress that is to be found in Bardstown. Ever since Stephen Foster immortalized Federal Hill estate in his song ���My Old Kentucky Home,��� Bardstown has been synonymous with a graceful style of living. But it���s more than that. It���s a place where you can settle in and be welcomed with traditional 2 Southern hospitality, where people speak to you even if they don���t know you ��� and are glad to welcome you home. ���Bardstown���s population continues to grow each year, as does our business community��� said Kim Huston, president of the Nelson County Economic Development Agency. ���From the unique shops in our historic downtown shopping district to the national companies in our retail centers, we continue to be an economically vital area that is the center of retail shopping and dining for a multi-county area.��� Dating to 1780, Bardstown is Kentucky���s second oldest city. Since that time when log, brick and stone homes rose from the wilds of western Virginia, Bardstown has welcomed travelers from around the world. For more than 225 years, its hospitality, fine The Lane Report���s Bardstown/Nelson County Community Profile ���Bardstown has a long and significantly positive record in terms of economic development, tourism and historic preservation. Our accomplishments have been recognized in many national publications. I field numerous requests annually from representatives of other cities looking to make improvements in their efforts. The city���s quality of life and the economic opportunities available in Bardstown are something many cities can only aspire to achieve. ���Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles restaurants in historic surroundings and accommodations have made those visitors feel right at home. Bardstown and Nelson County are strong in spirit ��� that���s religious spirit and a little spirit called Bourbon. The area���s eclectic shops, cultural and historical heritage blend beautifully with that spirit. Nelson County is home to My Old Kentucky Home and the ���Stephen Foster Story,��� vintage trains and museums dedicated to the Civil War, railroads and Bourbon. The area has benefited from its central location, with easy access to three interstates

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