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"Bourbon Capital of the World"

Bardstown is a city in Nelson County, in the Louisville metro area.

Bardstown is in the Bluegrass region.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after William Bard, developer, and/or James Baird, another settler.

The latitude of Bardstown is 37.809N. The longitude is -85.466W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 646 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 10,458.


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Median household income
Local
$31,497
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bardstown demographic reports
Bardstown is on the Beech River.
Former and merged names include:
· Bard's Town
· Salem
The local bourbon industry was born when farmers looked for ways to use excess corn.

The town was overwhelmed by grief in the summer of 1969. Seven local men, all members of the same Guard unit serving in Vietnam, had been killed.

According to legend, "My Old Kentucky Home" was written about a house here, called Federal Hill.
Well-known residents have included:
· John Fitch, one of the inventors of the steamboat
Local festivals include:
  • Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Sept. 12-16, 2007
  • Nelson County Fair - July 16-21, 2007
  • My Old Kentucky Homecoming - May 6, 2007
  • Buttermilk Days Festival - Aug. 23-26, 2007
  • Bluegrass Festival - June 1-2, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bardstown web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: My Old Kentucky Home State Park
Bardstown attractions: Heaven Hill Distillery, Jim Beam American Outpost, Maker's Mark Distillery
Historic sites and museums: Abraham Lincoln National Historical Park, Civil War Museum, Old Bardstown Village, Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, Women in The Civil War Museum, Bardstown Historical Museum, Bourbon Heritage Center
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
There's never been a shortage of flags here, or people to wave them ... Small flags are stuck in potted plants. Flags hang on front porches. They flutter from flagpoles in front yards. And not just on the Fourth of July.
-- The Sons of Bardstown
Jim Wilson

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Bardstown demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Nelson County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 40004 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Bardstown residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bardstown ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bardstown was $17,681, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

16% of Bardstown residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Bardstown include Bardstown Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Bardstown, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $369.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $703.


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Libraries in Bardstown include Nelson County Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Bardstown include Kentucky Standard

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Politics

Nelson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bardstown political report.

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Bardstown restaurants taking online reservations include Cafe at Rosemark Haven ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Bardstown workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bardstown between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Bardstown include Americas Best Value Inn-Bardstown, Best Western, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn.

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“ There's never been a shortage of flags here, or people to wave them ... Small flags are stuck in potted plants. Flags hang on front porches. They flutter from flagpoles in front yards. And not just on the Fourth of July. ”
~ The Sons of Bardstown
Jim Wilson

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