National Geographic highlights Bardstown again

Posted by Spalding Hurst

July 24, 2009

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Once again, Bardstown has been listed in a National Geographic publication as a great get-away. The July/August issue of National Geographic Traveler includes the town in a list of 46 places to spend a “great long weekend.”

Under the subhead “Sippin,’ Singin’, and Abe” and next to a photograph from the Kentucky Bourbon Festival is this salute to Bardstown:

“Decompress on the tranquil streets of Bardstown, second oldest town in Kentucky (chartered in 1790). Toast the past at the Bourbon Heritage Center or nearby distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Trace local history at the Kentucky Railway and Civil War museums. Sing along to Stephen Foster, who wrote ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ official song of the Bluegrass State; the composer is honored with a statue, mansion, and nearby state park. A few miles southwest of town, you can visit the birthplace of Honest Abe Lincoln, which is now a national historic site.”

Bardstown was also mentioned in the September 2008 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of 50 “next great adventure towns in which to live and play.”

In selecting the towns, National Geographic Adventure writers Sarah Tuff and Greg Melville lent their expertise as the magazine looked for innovative towns that weren’t just prime relocation spots now, but also smart choices for the future, Ethan Fried with the National Geographic Society said.

On Bardstown, Tuff and Melville wrote: “We ain’t gonna lie: Bardstown’s status as the world’s bourbon capital drew us in, but its rivers flow as freely as the whiskey. Paddlers convene at Sympson Lake, and a whitewater park is in the works downtown. Not in the liquor business? Lexington and Louisville are both less than an hour’s commute.”

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