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 Nelson County Welcome Center is the home to Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, Economic and Industrial Development, Mainstreet, County Judge Executive and Planning and Zoning. and the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway. The Louisville International Airport is only minutes away, while Samuels Field just outside Bardstown has a 5,000-foot runway that can handle most business jets. With location, modern infrastructure and two industrial parks, Bardstown has continued to attract new industries. Two companies chose Nelson County for major new facilities in the past two years. ���We have new industries making announcements, our tourist attractions continue to grow, new businesses continue to open, and we have a vibrant downtown,��� Huston said. Even people who stumble upon Bardstown by chance fall in love with the town, as did Marie and Jim Miskell. They had never heard of Bardstown when they stopped here in 1991 on a vacation celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. It just happened to be a convenient place to stop. They walked around town and were impressed by the fact that women were ���Despite the housing downturn in the national economy, our overall economic future looks great in Nelson County. Our diversity is truly an asset. The economic opportunities in Nelson County are very strong for new industries and for the expansion of our existing industries.��� ���Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts walking alone for exercise in the Best of: evening. On their ��� 100 Best Small Towns in America walk back to the ��� 50 Best Small Southern Towns motel, they decided ��� America���s Most Charming Towns and Villages to stay a couple of ��� AAA NY Magazine ranked Bardstown as one of its days instead of just ���Five Favorite Southern Cities��� spending the night. ��� Site Selection Magazine named Bardstown one of the ���Top 100 The next year, Small Towns to do Business��� 3 years in a row Jim retired. After ��� Kentucky���s Bourbon Trail, of which Bardstown is the heart, not being able to was featured in 1,000 Places to See Before you Die. find a place in northeastern PennOther Communities in Nelson County sylvania that suited ��� Bloomfield: Mayor Rhonda Hagan, (502) 252-5235 them, they returned ��� New Haven: Mayor Bobby Johnson, (502) 549-3177 to Bardstown. ��� Fairfield: Mayor Tom Trent, (502) 252-5171 ���We just love the ��� Boston: unincorporated people here,��� Jim said. ���We���re very, very happy here.��� The quality of life offered by Bardstown named one of the best hospitals in the counand Nelson County is as exceptional as the try four years in a row. Newcomers with friendliness of the locals who welcome visi- children have their choice of two public tors with open arms. The city-county recre- school systems and a parochial school sysation department offers activities for all tem. The county library moved into new ages, and the county has four 18-hole golf quarters in 2007 and has already had to courses. Music abounds, with the Stephen expand. It also has branches in Bloomfield Foster drama, an annual street concert, con- and New Haven and a bookmobile that viscerts in the park, concerts at the recreation its retirement homes and smaller communipavilion and concerts the third Friday of ties throughout the county. No, there���s nothing small about Bardeach month as part of the Third on Third stown ��� except the small-town atmosphere events on North Third Street. Flaget Memorial Hospital moved into a people love and that continues to thrive state-of-the-art building and has been while business is booming. ��� The Olde Bloomfield Meeting Hall houses a four-lane bowling alley, a skating rink, pool tables and arcade games. Bloomfield, in northeast Nelson County, was founded in 1790. The Lane Report���s Bardstown/Nelson County Community Profile 3

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