Harrodsburg, Kentucky is full of amazing history. Not only is this quiet, little town the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains; but Mercer County is also home to one of the few still functioning Shaker villages. Not only that, but we are in very close proximity to other such attractions as the Bourbon Trail and Keeneland. So, no matter what your taste in adventure is, Central Kentucky is sure to have something to please you.
A full-scale replica of the fort, built by James Harrod in 1774, is the central attraction of the park. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, tools and implements used by the pioneers. Several of the cabins and work structures feature a period-dressed interpreter telling tales, providing oral history and answering questions regarding the fort. There is also a Native American settlement just beyond the fort wall. The park also features the Mansion Museum, George Rogers Clark Federal Monument, Lincoln Marriage Temple and the oldest cemetery west of the Alleghenies.
This is the exciting and important story about the attempt by Richard Henderson and the Transylvania Company to steal the land claims of James Harrod and his company; by claiming to have purchased the same land from the Cherokee Nation. Virginia eventually voided the purchase, restoring Harrod and the other settlers’ claims; but the path to victory was not easy. Come see the “Battle” that determined the fate of Kentucky!
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination rooted in the spirit of the Kentuckians that called this place home for more than a century. Discover inspiring legacies, fresh-air adventures and spirited hospitality throughout Shaker Village’s 3,000 acres. Find your simple gifts this year at Shaker Village. Explore architectural wonders, try your hand at SUP Yoga, plan a backyard garden, then taste a new dish fresh-from-the-garden. Bring the kids and discover spaces to learn and play- while searching for critters in the creek, finding a new four-legged friend and discovering your own trailblazing spirit.
True to its original mission to be a model race track, Keeneland today is an industry leader in developing and promoting innovations to advance Thoroughbred racing, improving safety and preserving the sport’s history and integrity. Keeneland is the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction house, selling more champions and stakes winners than any other sales company and unmatched in terms of offering the best horses, state-of-the-art sales facilities and a range of client amenities.
Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky, opened in 1875. During its inaugural race meeting, Churchill Downs featured two races, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; which still highlight Churchill Downs’ live racing calendar today. Today, the Twin Spires still proudly reign over Churchill Downs’ homestretch, and Kentucky Derby champions race by these architectural features turned trademarks on their way to the finish line, the Winner’s Circle and the history books.
In 1999, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association formed the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour to give visitors a firsthand look at the art and science of crafting Bourbon, and to educate them about the rich history and proud tradition of our signature spirit. Kentucky Bourbon has a rich and storied history dating back 200 years—so we encourage you to relax, take your time and savor the experience. We recommend at least three days exploring our legendary distilleries and all that our beloved Commonwealth has to offer.
Berea is home to a thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors, and musicians. The story of Berea’s artisan community is interwoven with the historic Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea has a longstanding tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility, and community service. Both college and town are committed to the practice of sustainability and conservation.
Welcome to the World’s Longest Yard Sale, also known as the 127 Corridor Sale. At its current length of 690 miles, the 127 Yard Sale begins 5 miles north of Addison, Michigan, and ends at Gadsden, Georgia. The sale always officially starts on the first Thursday in August, and runs through the following Sunday. The individuals involved every year band together as communities and groups to welcome the onslaught of visitors from the north, south, east and west. Come be a part of this ever-growing tradition!