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Bardstown, KY – The Most Beautiful Small Town in America

October 18, 2012
By Shelby Enlow of Thomas Nelson HS

             Bardstown, Kentucky was named the most beautiful small town in America on July 27th in Seattle, Washington at the Destination Marketing Association International's annual meeting. Our town was pitted against 650 other towns nationwide. The judging was aired on the Travel Channel on Wed July 25th.

             We have a population of a little more than 11,000 residents and all of them helped the judges feel more at home in the community. The judges said that our community and our people were what won Bardstown, KY the most beautiful (inside and out) small town in America. The judges have said that if given the chance they would come back to visit again and again, so that they could fully enjoy all that our small town has to offer.

            The finalists for the most beautiful town were Bardstown, Kentucky; Baker City, Oregon; Danville, Kentucky; Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania; Sedona, Arizona; and Tybee Island, Georgia. I thought that all of these towns were beautiful in their own way and am proud that Bardstown shone out as the best in the judge’s eyes. Some interesting things in Bardstown that were shown to the judges were Hadorn’s Bakery, The Balloon Lady, The Dinner Train, Old Talbot Tavern, Heaven Hill Distillery, and Stephen Foster.

            What the judges said stood out the most was that “Bourbon is Bardstown's history and tradition and the countryside is beautiful, but we probably got fewer scenic shots in Bardstown than anywhere else…the people turned us around. We realized maybe we're not just here to see mountains and rivers, maybe there's something else. Our hearts are still in this place.”

             Their answer, when asked what you had to see when you visited Bardstown was “Definitely the distilleries," visitors can "learn about the history and heritage of bourbon, and the pride and love that goes into making Kentucky's signature spirit.” Another high point: My Old Kentucky Home State Park, site of a former plantation built in 1795. The mansion was the supposed inspiration for the official state song, "My Old Kentucky Home," sung every year before the running of the Kentucky Derby.”

            When asked what surprised them the most about the town their answer was, “The town itself…We'd never heard of it and honestly didn't expect to find much there, but were smitten by downtown's "classic Norman Rockwell" look and feel.”

            For someone who has lived close to Bardstown all their life I am very proud that they picked our town out of all the other contestants, and of all the good things they have said about our town to other people.

Click this link to see what Nikki and Dusty Green did when they came to Bardstown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myvm_Gdrr5Q&feature=related

Click this link to see what else Nikki and Dusty Green did while in Bardstown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LK1W50JW78&feature=related




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