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Labor Day Weekend Getaway to the Bluegrass State

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An August 2008 trip to Bardstown by MilwVon

My Old Kentucky Home - Federal Hill Photo, Bardstown, Kentucky More Photos
Quote: David, his mom and I enjoyed a short Labor Day weekend in Kentucky, using Bardstown as our base in the land of bourbon.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

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Attraction | "Touring Kentucky's Bourbon Distilleries"

Wild Turkey Photo, Bardstown, Kentucky
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The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is comprised of seven distilleries found in the scenic bluegrass state. We found Bardstown to be the ideal central point to explore the Bourbon Trail, especially with the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center providing a historical backdrop to the American art of bourbon making.At Heaven Hill, guests have the opportunity to walk through a historical overview of bourbon in this reason of the country, along with their own personal brand history. They also have a short (probably 15 minute) video that tells the Evan Williams' brand history and the other products produced here at Heaven Hill Distilleries. After the video, guests are walked across the street to the ba...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2008

My Old Kentucky Home - Federal Hill

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Attraction | ""Federal Hill" aka My Old Kentucky Home"

My Old Kentucky Home - Federal Hill Photo, Bardstown, Kentucky
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Federal Hill is the old Georgian southern mansion built in 1818 by John Rowan, Sr. This home served the Rowan family for three generations until it was sold in the 1920's for some $60,000 by the granddaughter of Rowan, Sr. Today the home is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is part of their state park system.While entrance into the park is free, there is a charge to take advantage of many of the park's amenities including camping and golf. Guided tours of the mansion are provided by period costumed docents approximately every half hour. Tours are $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for kids ages six to 12. AAA members and seniors can tour for $5.00.Federal Hill is known as ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2008

My Old Kentucky Home - Federal Hill
501 E. Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown
(502) 348-3502

Bluegrass Railroad Museum

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Attraction | "Civil War Reenactment - Great Family Entertainment!"

Bluegrass Railroad Museum Photo, Versailles, Kentucky
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Having enjoyed our visit to the Boone (IA) Railroad Museum a couple of summers ago, this seemed like an outstanding way to see a little more of the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. To our surprise, we learned that Labor Day weekend was one of two weekends featuring their Civil War Train Robbery, a reenactment of what it was like in Kentucky after the end of the civil war.A great history lesson, this was fun for children and adults alike. There was a camp set up at the train station with both confederate and union soldiers, which was the case in Kentucky. Surprisingly, two-thirds of those fighting from Kentucky were in support of the union efforts to free slaves while one-third were confeder...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2008

Bluegrass Railroad Museum
175 Beasley Road
Versailles 40383
(859) 873-2476

Old Talbott Tavern

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Restaurant | "Lovely Dining Experience in Historic Bardstown, KY"

Old Talbott Tavern Photo, Bardstown, Kentucky
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The Old Talbott Tavern was built in 1779 and still maintains much of its historic ambience as a restaurant and B&B. The tavern served as a stop in America's move westward, including a visit by a young Abe Lincoln at the age of 13. Today there are still five rooms available for overnight guests, but on this night, we were here for dinner.Old Talbott Tavern is located in the historic district, right on the town square, across the street from the courthouse (and visitors' center) and next door to the old town jail.As you enter you can see the original foundation and interior walls inside the dining area. We read that there had been a large fire back in the late 1990's but ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2008

Old Talbott Tavern
107 W. Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
(502) 348-3494

Days Inn Bardstown

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Hotel | "Whatta Dump!"

Days Inn Bardstown Photo, Bardstown, Kentucky
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There is very little good that can be written about this motel located in Bardstown, Kentucky. I should have paid more credibility to reviews on Hotels.com and TripAdvisor.com as many of the troubles we experienced had been reported repeatedly over the past year.Well, I should start with the "good" since there was some good. The two queen bed set up was nice, with comfortable beds. The room generally seemed clean although David found something of a foreign nature on the bathroom wall. I hate to think of what it is, although he had a definite opinion and it wasn't pleasant!There is free wireless WiFi which is nice when on the road, and they do offer a continental breakfast a...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 1, 2008

Days Inn Bardstown
31E SOUTH AND BLUEGRASS
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
502 348-9253

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