While, of course, Bardstown is known around the world for its bourbon, we’re also one of the most haunted places in Kentucky! As the second oldest town in the Bluegrass State, our more than 200-year history is full of interesting people, mysterious stories, and dark tales. You’ll find multiple historical sites, museums, and points of interest in the area to visit during your stay, many with a narrative best told in the autumn moonlight.
One of the best places to stay in Bardstown, especially for those interested in the area’s rich history, is the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast. Our Inn dates back to the late 18th century. Throughout the years, the Manor has been a private residence, a boarding home during the Great Depression, split up as apartment units, and has now operated as a Bed & Breakfast for more than 25 years. The common rooms and luxurious guest suites have been meticulously renovated and updated while keeping the original architectural details in mind.
Haunted Places in Kentucky: Bardstown Ghost Trek
If you want to experience one of the most haunted places in Kentucky up-close and personal, grab a tour with Bardstown Ghost Trek. This local company is celebrating 25 years of taking novice ghost hunters and thrill-seekers around town to the best sites in Bardstown for possible sightings. The tour begins at the Talbott Tavern, dating back to the late 1700s, known as the oldest stagecoach stop in the west. This building has a rich history of travelers from across the country and many notable ghost sightings.
Next on the tour is the historic Jailor’s Inn, which was included on the Travel Channel‘s “10 Most Haunted Places in America.” The jail operated from 1797 to 1987, housing some of the most notorious criminals, and now serves as a haunted bed and breakfast. Next, you’ll head to the Pioneer Cemetery just behind the Inn, where you’ll take a stroll through the gravestones at dark. The perfect backdrop (and likely one of the most haunted places in Kentucky) for a possible spine-tingling experience on a crisp Fall night.
The guided walking tour takes place every Saturday night from June through October from 8 to 9:30 pm.
Other Historical Sites to Check out in Bardstown:
- Old Nelson County Jail: As one of the oldest jail complexes in Kentucky, this historical site is best known for its upstairs dungeon with 30-inch thick limestone walls—open for tours and located just behind the Jailor’s Inn.
- My Old Kentucky Home: This 1818 Bluegrass mansion is most known for its mention in Stephen Foster’s state song; it also has a dark history with unfortunate accidents and deadly illness outbreaks. During October, they offer a special two-night tour called “Shadows of Federal Hill,” profiling the ghosts that roam the halls and haunt the grounds at this spectacular old house. This is a must-visit location for those seeking the most haunted places in Kentucky!
- Wickland, Home of Three Governors: A stunning example of Georgian-style architecture, self-guided tours are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm. Check out the elaborate original woodwork and beautiful sitting rooms; you may encounter a known (and friendly) spirit or two along the way.
The Perfect Lodging for Your Fall Getaway
Thankfully, our Bardstown Inn isn’t on any list as one of the most haunted places in Kentucky, but you will still sense a feeling of history and stories within our ancient brick walls. The beautifully restored home has all the modern amenities for a comfortable and relaxing stay but encapsulates the charm of an old-fashioned manor from days of yore. Our ten artfully-appointed guest rooms and suites offer the perfect respite for your romantic getaway or couple’s trip. There’s no better place during Autumn than curled up in your room by the fire, with stunning fall foliage framed by our windows and the person you adore.
Come experience our Southern hospitality and the historical haunts of Bardstown on your ultimate fall getaway to Kentucky! Book today.