Bardstown, Kentucky is a beautiful city located just past Mount Washington. The city is considered the “Best Small Town In America,” and many people can agree with that. Also known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown, Kentucky has a lot to offer and a ripe history. The city is one of the oldest in Kentucky, and has a population of just over 13,000 as of the latest census. Bardstown is named after the pioneering brothers, the Bard brothers. David Bard was given 1,000 acres from a land grant in what used to be Jefferson County, Virginia. His brother, William, surveyed and platted the town. After originally being called Baird’s Town in 1788, the city had other nicknames like Beardstown and Beards Town.
Bardstown, Kentucky is located in north central Nelson County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city totals 7.4 square miles, which is almost all land. The climate in this area is typical for Kentucky, a humid subtropical climate. This means that summers are hot and humid, and winters are more mild to cold.
Home to most of the local, national, and worldwide bourbon distilleries, Bardstown has been labeled as the Bourbon Capital of the World. With companies such as Jim Beam, Barton’s, and Bardstown Bourbon Company located here, it is clear to see why it gets the nickname. In fact, when the distilleries are running, you can smell the corn mash in the air.