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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Historic sites in my town

Historic in my town.

My town is history filled in the fields of


Bardstown is one of the oldest cities in Kentucky settled by European Americans.Settled in the 1780s, it was chartered in 1790.
Reflecting the westward migration of Americans after the Revolutionary War, Bardstown was the first center of Catholicism west of the Appalachian Mountains in the original territory of the United States.The Diocese of Bardstown was established on February 8, 1808, to serve all Catholics between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River, an area now served by 44 dioceses and archdioceses in 10 states. Its cathedral (#1) still stands as the Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral. Sisters of Charity of Nazareth organized in 1812 at the request of the Bishop of  Bardstown, Bishop David Flaget. The seat of the diocese was transferred to Louisville in 1841 Bardstown is still the home of a Catholic high school, Bethlehem High School 
The Old Talbott Tavern, (#3) built in 1779 and located just off the Courthouse Square in the center of Bardstown, is part of Bardstown's rich history. Several notable Americans have passed through the tavern's doors, including Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Boone.[6] Bullet holes in an upstairs wall are reputed to have been put there by Jesse James.[7] Some of the people who stayed at the tavern in years past are rumored never to have checked out, even after death, as people claim to have encountered ghosts or other paranormal activity at the tavern.

Bardstown is the home of My Old Kentucky Home State Park.(#4) On their plantation, Judge John Rowan and his wife Ann Lytle Rowan built "Federal Hill," the mansion that is alleged to have inspired his cousin Stephen Foster to write the song "My Old Kentucky Home." Federal Hill is depicted on the reverse of the Kentucky state quarter issued by the United States Mint in 2002.

Several distilleries operate in and around Bardstown, including Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, and Heaven Hill.(#5) The regional production of bourbon has generated the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, whose promoters have trademarked the phrase Bourbon Capital of the World®  (#6) to apply exclusively to Bardstown.[8] The local tourism commission promotes the use of the trademarked phrase.[9] A public museum, the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey, (#7) showcases this aspect of local history.
Bardstown's downtown area is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


St. Joseph, Protocathedral

St. Vincent Church on Nazareth campus.

 Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

First woman religious congregation founded in the United States in 1812.

Operating missions in many states in the US, Nepal, India, Belize and Botswana.


The only Catholic high school for miles outside the city.

Students from 4 surrounding counties attend here.

Talbott Tavern, most famous stagecoach stop on the north,south route.


My Old Kentucky Home


Heaven Hill distillery.
I took a tour on Thursday and learned that the oak barrels that house the bourbon for years can only be used once.
They are then  shipped to Scotland since Scotch must be aged in used barrels.
Also brandy can be stored in used ones.
Bourbon can only be aged in brand new white oak barrels.
As you might suspect barrel making is also a big industry in Kentucky.


We're strong in spirit....A Southern spirit that welcomes you home to one of The Best Small Towns in America. A religious spirit that's appropriate for the home of the first diocese of the West. And a little spirit we call Bourbon. Our eclectic shops, cultural and historical heritage blend beautifully with that spirit. We're home to My Old Kentucky Home and The Stephen Foster Story, vintage trains, and museums dedicated to the Civil War, railroads and Bourbon. Come sample the spirits, sounds and flavors that are quintessentially Bardstown.




Home of  three Governors of Kentucky.
Used for art exhibits, teas and Civil War reenactments.

I could go on for several pages but this is enough. 

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Deanna said...

Hi Peggy.
Very informative post!!!
I'd like to see the Governor's mansion.
Have a terrific week-end,

Deanna said...

Hi Peggy.
Very informative post!!!
I'd like to see the Governor's mansion.
Have a terrific week-end,

Jama said...

I love to see the pictures of the churches around your area, they are so majestic!

Pauline said...

Wow! Your town was just made for this topic! So many lovely photos.
And am really impressed with your new header - it's beautiful!

Libby Rodriguez said...

Hi QMM! What a really good job on this post. :). I am just up in Ohio! I should come and do the bourbon tour! Thanks for sharing.

GrandmaK said...

You live in such a beautiful place!!! One day I must come to's not that far away! God Bless. Cathy

Vee said...

You live in a beautiful community and I can tell that you're very proud of it. You make an excellent ambassador.

EG CameraGirl said...

I can see by your post how proud you are of your "spirited" town. Sounds like a great place to live. :)

GingerV said...

great post. the photos are all excellent. the bourbon story reminds me of taking Camillo on a drive through the south - after 6 days in the bible belt, meaning no beer or wine in the restaurants we entered Kentucky with some wishful thinking - and found that you can buy bourbon, you can have it shipped but you can't drink it in the restaurants.... we headed for Texas .

Rob From Amersfoort said...

You promote your town very well! I guess you all drink a lot of whiskey over there :-). You should also mention David Bard, it's his town after all...

Kim, USA said...

Your post is absolutely beautiful. Sister of Charity is also in the Philippines too.


Bagman and Butler said...

"History filled in the field of bourbon" -- cracks me up! What an information packed post. Great photos and what an amazing job of linking everything to further informational web pages!

Scriptor Senex said...

I think this has been one of the best FMTSO weeks. Really interesting, Peggy.

And I liked the towers on the Motherhouse - quite original architecture.