This small original log building housed the first U.S. Post Office west of the Alleghenies, when Kentucky was still a district of Virginia. Thomas Barbee was commissioned the first postmaster on August 20, 1792, and the first mail was received a few weeks later on November 3 of the same year.The original site of the post office was two blocks west...more
Boyle County was established in 1834 and named for Judge John Boyle, who served at different times as a state representative, United States Congressman, and U.S. District Judge for Kentucky. Although Danville was one of the first towns established in Kentucky, Boyle County was the 94th of Kentucky's 120 counties. It was formed from parts of Mercer...more
A history museum in miniature, this vast maze of timelines, villages and fantasy areas is more than a person can truly examine in one visit. The surprising aspect is that it is fascinating for boys as well as girls, not only because there's a deep, dark cave with dragons and trolls, but also for the general historical impact of the entire building...more
Norton Center for the Performing Arts is Danville's local theater/performance hall. Located on beautiful Centre College campus, the center plays host to concerts, plays, art shows and more. Both programs from local area schools and major theater productions are put on yearly. I was able to see Vanessa Redgrave here, but unfortunately was not the...more
Constitution Square State Historic Site was the begining of Kentucky's statehood. Danville’s location on the Wilderness Road caused it to become a crossroad for settlers, and a political center. Danville was selected to house the first seat of Kentucky government. A meetinghouse, courthouse and jail were built to to support the local government....more
:"Our Roof Is the Whole Sky!"The Pioneer Playhouse is a seasonal outdoor theater that has local actors at their best. Kentucky's oldest outdoor theater, it adds a bit of culture to small town Danville throught creative productions, beautiful sets and a lovely setting. Pioneer Playhouse boasts the beginings of several major actors careers including...more
This brick house, circa 1820, was the home of Dr. Alban Goldsmith. Dr. Goldsmith was a pupil and assistant to Dr. Ephraim McDowell, whose home is located opposite Constitution Square on Second Street. Goldsmith assisted Dr. McDowell when he performed the first successful ovariotomy on Jane Todd Crawford in 1809, pioneering abdominal surgery....more
The Ephriam McDowell House, a National Historic Landmark, sits across Second Street from Constitution Square in downtown Danville.It was here on Christmas morning, 1809, that Dr. McDowell began his historic operation of abdominal surgery, without anesthetic or pain killers, neither of which was yet known to the medical profession. His patient, Mrs....more
Located in the old Federal Building in Downtown Danville, the Community Arts Center is the focal point for the arts in Boyle County. The Center offers space for teaching, practicing, and viewing the arts, with free visual arts exhibits changing monthly. Preforming arts include dance, drama, music. The center's Grand Hall is a venue for both...more
The Watts-Bell House, circa 1816-1817, was built by William Watts adjacent to Fisher's Row in Danville and rented to a leading Danville merchant, David Bell. Like the Fisher’s Row houses adjacent to it, the Watts-Bell house is constructed of brick in the Flemish bond pattern. Joshua Frye Bell, who grew up in this house, served in the Kentucky state...more
Fishers Row, on the eastern edge of Constitution Square in downtown Danville, was built around 1816-1817 by Jeremiah Fisher as the first rental property in Danville. The row of historic buildings consists of two, two-story houses with a common center wall. The brickwork is in the Flemish bond pattern.After almost 200 years the buildings are still...more
Trinity Episcopal Church, on Main Street in downtown Danville, is the oldest church building still in use for public worship in Boyle County. Trinity Parish was organized in 1829 and the first building erected the following year. The edifice was gutted by fire on February, 22, 1860, in the same blaze that destroyed the Boyle County Courthouse and...more
The Danville Presbyterian Church traces its history back to 1784, when Rev. David Rice organized Presbyterians in the Danville area into what was known as Concord Church. The congregation moved to a "New Meeting House" in 1831 and this became the nucleus of the present home of the Presbyterian Church of Danville. During the time of the War Between...more
McDowell Park is a small but interesting green space between the Presbyterian Church and Centre College, on West Main Street. At first I thought it was just the graveyard for the church because there are several tombstones there. The park also features a paved walkway beneath large shade trees, the Danville Labyrinth (separate tip) and a couple of...more
Danville is the home of Centre College, which gets its name by being in the geographical center of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The historic old buildings on the spacious campus date back to the school's founding in 1819.Centre College was founded by 18th-century Presbyterians, to educate clergy and teachers. At the time Kentucky was a County of...more
One of the more interesting of the structures on Constitution Square is this Old Jail. Inside it are a few artifacts, and also a wall of interpretative displays which tell more of the history of Danville and Kentucky.In 1785 the District Court of Kentucky made provision for a jail, "to be constructed of 9-inch logs." This replica of the jail was...more
The Centerpiece of Constitution Square is the Governor's Circle: a pair of bronze statues depicting the state seal of Kentucky, two men shaking hands. One is dressed in buckskin and the other in more formal dress: a pioneer and a statesman. Surrounding the statue is a circle of plaques, one dedicated to each governor of Kentucky from the earliest...more
100 Montgomery Rd., Danville, Kentucky, 40422, United States
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Those who read many of my pages on VT know that I often stay at older Mom and Pop motels, especially...more
Like most Best Western Motels, we had a large room with two double beds and non-smoke. The room had...more
I try to visit here every time I am in Danville. The food is some of the best I have ever had and the smell alone can make a person swoon and gain ten pounds! They serve deli and bakery items and provide services for catering and weddings. :EVERYTHING!!!!My special favorites are the chicken salad on the fresh sour dough bread, almond macaroons...more
Guadalajara Restaurant was a short distance from the motel where I stayed in Danville, so after checking in I walked over for dinner. It turned out to be a very good choice. From the looks of the crowd it appeared to be a very popular family eating place in Danville.Guadlajara offer authentic Mexican cuisine, prepared and served by Mexicans. It was...more
This restaurant chain is trying to vie for the same customer base as Applebee. Yet the interior of this chain is not as comfortable in decor or seating as Applebee. It is more diner than restaurant. The breakfasts are a bit less expensive than those at Applebee and just as diverse and delicious as their competitor. The lunch and dinner menus tend...more
From the northeast: Take I-64 West to Lexington. Exit SR-922 and follow signs to Bluegrass (BG) Parkway (US-60). Travel west to US-127 South and follow to Danville.
From the north: Take I-75 South to Lexington. Exit SR-922 and follow signs to Bluegrass (BG) Parkway (US-60). Travel west to US-127 South and follow to Danville.
From the northwest: Take I-64 East to US-127 South and follow to Danville.
From the southwest: Take I-65 North to Cumberland Parkway. Travel east to US- 127 North and follow to Danville.
From the southeast: Take I-75 North to Exit 59 (Mt. Vernon, US-25); US-25 becomes US-150. Travel west on US-150 to Danville.
There is plenty of parking for the festival, but be ready to do some walking, since it isn't practical to drive around at the festival - many streets are closed for the activities.
The Constitution Square Museum Store is located in the historic Goldsmith House on a corner of the square. This is a good place to find books of Kentucky history and educational items as well as souvenirs and crafts of Danville and Kentucky. I found postcards and a refregerator magnet for my collections here.
The Museum Store also serves as an information center for Constitution Square. Behind the store, in a seperate modern building, are public restrooms.
What to buy: The Museum Store features craft items from the "Kentucky Collection," a project of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, a division of the Kentucky Arts Council, Commerce Cabinet. Products in the Collection represent quality, moderately priced Kentucky crafts, visual arts, foods, books and music that are available for sale in selected retail venues around the state.
The Danville Laybrinth, is located on Main Street in McDowell Park, between Centre College and the Presbyterian Church. It was built in 2002 by a non-denominational committee of local citizens and is a replica of the 11-circuit labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France. The labyrinth belongs to the entire community of Danville.
Forty-feet in circumference, the labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. A feature labyrinth's have in common, whether called a "Medicine Wheel," "Never Ending Circle," or "Kabala," is that they all have one path which winds in a circuitous way to the center. It is designed to be a place of prayer and meditation for all people.
You are safer in Danville than in most towns in Kentucky.
They only have registered 10 sex offenders (website below). In five years there have been no murders and only 25 violent crimes (rapes, assaults). The biggest crime they have is petty theft (shop-lifting) and that seldom affects tourists.
That doesn't mean that you shouldn't lock your car doors, or leave your motel room door with the chain off, or walk down unfamiliar streets at 3am..... Use common sense and be aware of your surroundings and you will be fine.
Eleven miles due west of Danville is the Perryville Battlefield State Park, site of Kentucky's largest engagement in the War Between the States.
Because it is in an undeveloped rural area, Perryville may be the most pristine battlefield site in the United States. There is a Visitor Center with an information desk, maps, books and videos available. The battlefield itself has interpretative markers which allow the visitor to follow the flow of the battle over grass covered hills and dales, seeing the landscape much as it was on that fateful day, October 8, 1862.
The Battle of Perryville holds a special personal significance for me because two of my great great uncles fought there as Confederate soldiers. One was captured and the other was listed as missing. He is probably among the hundreds of unknown dead buried in mass graves on the battlefield.
Those who are interested may follow the link below to read my Perryville Battlefield State Park page.