I had hoped to be able to do the trolley tour (tickets available at the Welcome Center, One Court Square, Bardstown, KY 40004, 800-638-4877 or 502-348-4877), or the Walking Tour (also based at the Welcome Center) where self-guided tour maps of Historic downtown Bardstown were supposed to be available. But since the Welcome Center was closed, we were disappointed in all respects.
Things that we could have seen (on a Sunday in March), but did not were
Abbey of Gethsemani Visitor Center
Trappist, KY 40051, 502-549-3117. Hours are Mon.and Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral
310 W. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown; KY 40004, 502-348-3126. Open year round. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Sun., 1- 5 p.m. First Catholic cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains, the church was built in 1816-1819.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Hwy. 245, Clermont, KY, 40110, 502-955-8512 Open 7 a.m. until sunset daily except Christmas and New Year's day. Free admission, Mon.-Fri.; $5 per vehicle on weekends, holidays.
Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre
310 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY 40004; 502-349-0291 Contact: Joe Masterson. Open Mar.-Dec.1, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Four Roses Distillery
624 Lotus Rd., Cox's Creek, KY 40013; 502-543-2264 Contact: Mike Bullock. See bottling done by hand and smell sweet aging bourbon in white oak barrels. Gift shop and free private tours Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jim Beam American Outpost
Hwy. 245, Clermont, KY 40110; 502-543-9877. Contact: Doris Calhoun. Open year round. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Maker's Mark Distillery
3350 Burk's Springs Road, Loretto, KY 40037; 270-865-2099. Contact: Sydina Bradshaw. Open year round. Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tours are hourly on the half hour
Fondest memory: Chapeze House
107 East Stephen Foster, Bardstown Kentucky 40004; call for ticket- local 349-0127; toll free 800-704-4917
Old Bardstown Village
Museum Row, 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY 40004, 502-349-0291. Open Mar.-Nov., daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
War Memorial of Mid-America
Museum Row, 202 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY 40004, 502-349-0291. Contact: Joe Masterson. Open Mar.-Nov., daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wickland - Home of Three Governors
Experience a self-guided architectual tour of Wickland-Home of Three Governors. Considered one of the best Federal-style houses in Kentucky, it was built about 1825-1828. Exhibits focusing on the three governors, the Civil War and black history are also available. Tour hours are Friday-Sunday, 12pm-4pm; Monday 9am-1pm. Admission Fees are Adults $3, Seniors (55 and older) $2, Children (ages 6-14) $2, Children (under 6) free. Contact 502-507-0741, email@example.com.
Wildlife/Natural History Museum
Museum Row, 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY 40004, 502-349-0291 Open Mar.-Nov., daily, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Women of The Civil War Museum
Museum Row, 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY 40004, 502-349-0291 Contact: Joe Masterson. Open Mar.-Nov., daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bardstown is BEAUTIFUL, small town America.
Bardtown has beautiful homes, Kentucky history, the Stephen Foster Story, a Civil War Museum, and enough bourbon history to make the average person's head spin!
Friends and I gather each year for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival www.kybourbonfestival.com