Friday Shoot My Town
For this week's theme
What highlights my town.
Well My Old Kentucky Home is here and the Stephen Foster Story is presented live nightly during the summer months in the beautiful
J Dan Talbott Theatre
but the the oldest attraction in our town is
Old Talbott Tavern
When visitors walk into the Old Talbott Tavern, there' a feeling about the place. It's well kept, but the passage of time is evident in a few creaking floorboards.
There's an air about the place that speaks of people who have come and gone, spending time in the pub and retiring to their rooms before an
early morn departure.
Travelers used to arrive on horseback or in buggies; today they come in automobiles and buses.
Tourists and locals mingle and lives interwine in the "ordinary," a place to rest and receive nourishment before traveling on to their final destination.
The old stone reminder of Bardstown's beginnings still welcomes visitors to the bustling downtown area.
Since the late 1700's, The Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square has provided shelter, food and drink to Kentucky travelers.
Talbott Tavern is said to be the oldest western stagecoach stop in America as the westward expansion brought explorers from the east into Kentucky.
According to legend, figures straight from the history books sought lodging here during their travels; as a young boy Abraham Lincoln and his family stayed here, Gen. George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, and exiled French King Louis Phillipe and his entourage stayed here, even painting murals on the upstairs walls. There are noticeable bullet holes in the now faded paintings and Jesse James is said to be responsible for them.
On March 7, 1998 a new chapter was written in the Old Talbott Tavern's history. The Tavern suffered from a devastating fire. An early morning blaze destroyed the roof and most of the second floor. The main floor suffered from smoke and water damage. The well-known murals suffered from heavy damage and have not yet been restored. The Tavern underwent a long period of rebuilding and finally reopened her doors in November of 1999.
In the dining room fried chicken, country ham and Chicken Phillipe are house specialties. For
dessert, chess pie, talbott tavern pie and homemade fruit cobbler are still some of the favorites.