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Mayor's Message

Bardstown is one of the most  recognized small towns in America.  Its long list of national accolades has made this community a location people are coming to for not only a place to visit, but to live and work. Bardstown’s leadership has been able to forge that perfect balance between historic preservation and progressiveness. Named the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” bUSA Today and Rand McNally, Bardstown is certainly more than just a pretty face. We have been included in Site Selection magazine's top-ten list for economic developments, awarded “Best Place in the South to Raise a Family” by Southern Business and Development, as well as one of the top ten “Central Business Districts” in the South. These are joined by our continuous streak in being named one of the “Best Small Towns in America” by various national publications, including Southern Living magazine. Of course with our deep heritage in the making of America’s true natural spirit, Bardstown is known as the “Bourbon Capital of the World ®", an accolade as important as any other. As you can see, there is a lot to like about visiting or living in Bardstown. We hope you enjoy your time in Bardstown and come to enjoy all the things that make Bardstown such a special place in Kentucky.


J Richard Heaton