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Things To Do In Bardstown

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Jailer’s Inn is most notorious for having housed some of the scariest criminals in America between 1797 and 1987, when the building served as the town’s jail. It is also well known for having a large number of feisty spirits still lingering about the property today. In fact, so many guests have reported seeing Mrs. McKay—one of the original jailers—that The Travel Channel once named it one of the 10 Most Haunted Places in the United States.

Conveniently located right behind Jailer’s Inn on 4th Street, Pioneer Cemetery (also known as Old Jail Cemetery) is a must-see for people who appreciate haunted landscapes. Stroll through the gravestones and chest tombs to get a feel for this ancient cemetery dating back to the 1700s. It hasn’t been used since the 1850s, but visitors will be glad to know that the grounds have been well kept, resulting in many tombstone inscriptions still being legible today.


Thrill-seekers have been coming to Bardstown to check out Old Talbott Tavern since the 1780s. The restaurant-meets-bed-&-breakfast was once the oldest Western stagecoach stop in America, and today lives up to its chilling reputation with every new visitor who passes through its doors.

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