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Bardstown is Kentucky's second oldest city and is located in Nelson County. It was settled in the 1780s, and received its charter in 1790.

It was voted "The Most Beautiful Small Town in America" By Rand Mcnally. Bardstown is home to My Old Kentucky Home and many museums dedicated to the Civil War, railroads and bourbon.

It is named for David Bard, the man who obtained the land for the city from the governor of Virginia , and his brother William Bard, the surveyor who laid out the town.

Kentucky's Bourbon Trail, of which Bardstown is the heart, was featured in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the New York Times bestseller by Patricia Schultz.