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38 J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 T hough it has only 12,000 residents, Bardstown is known to people all around the world as My Old Kentucky Home. The sun shines bright on this picturesque Kentucky destination, where even cloudy days can't obscure the history, scenery and Southern hospitality that make it a memorable stop for groups traveling through the Bluegrass State. Bardstown presents enough activities to pack a group's itinerary full for a couple of days. Located roughly halfway between Lexington and Louisville, the town typifi es the state's culture in both historic and modern ways. Settled in 1780, Bardstown is the second-oldest city in the state, and evidence of this history can be seen all around. The town boasts more than 200 buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many of which now serve as restaurants, inns, shops and other establishments that serve visitors. Beyond historical experiences, groups have a wide range of other things to do when spending time in Bardstown. The area is home to a fa- mous outdoor musical production, an active monastery, a basilica, a sce- nic dinner train, several museums and numerous bourbon distilleries. MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME Among Bardstown's chief attractions is My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Near the heart of town, this park preserves Federal Hill, a farm owned by a prominent local family that was immortalized by American songwriter Stephen Foster in his classic "My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night." Groups can tour the mansion with expert cos- tumed guides to see the large collection of original family furnishings on display and hear stories of life at the farm. Last year, the park HOME F E E L S L I K E L L I K K E E F F E E E E L S F E E L S L I K E BARDSTOWN EMBODIES KENTUCKY'S BEST Photos courtesy Bardstown CVB BY BRIAN JEWELL Fine dining in Bardstown Kentucky Railway Museum Bourbon Heritage Center

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