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Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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,...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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,...
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.
Written Aug 26, 2002
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 134 South Second Street, Danville, Kentucky 40422
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.
Updated Jun 28, 2007
Phone: (859) 332-4201
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.
Updated Apr 16, 2007
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.
Updated Jul 2, 2007