A little about Bardstown
Welcome to Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World. Learn more about the spirit, cultural and historical heritage that make us one of the Most Beautiful Small Town in America. Come Sample our Spirit.
The history of Bardstown
First settled by European Americans in 1780, Bardstown is the second oldest city in Kentucky. Named county seat of the newly created Nelson County, Virginia (now Kentucky) in 1784, the town was formally established in 1788. It was incorporated by the state assembly in 1838. The Bardstown cathedral is the Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral. In 1841 the seat of the Diocese was transferred to the nearby larger river town and port of Louisville on the south bank of the Ohio River. Bardstown also has a Roman Catholic parochial high school, Bethlehem High School.
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