Myrtledene Bed & Breakfast

370 North Spalding Avenue, Lebanon, Kentucky 40033
Innkeeper(s): James Spragens
  • Introduction

    As you wind your way along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, take your lodging at Myrtledene Bed & Breakfast in Lebanon, Marion County, Kentucky. We are an Official Site on the Bourbon Trail and a chapter in our local Civil War and John Hunt Morgan history.

    Let us be your restful inn while you tour this area known for Civil War history, antiques, natural scenery, and outdoor activities.

    We are the heart of the Kentucky Holy Land, the settlement of dozens of Catholic pioneers who traveled from the British Isles, through Maryland, to make a home among the knoblands of Central Kentucky. This area has been the birthplace and home of such notable religious figures as Martin John Spalding and Thomas Merton, monk of Gethsemani Abbey.

    We now offer free wireless internet access!

    PorchUsed by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan as his headquarters during his raids on Lebanon, Myrtledene today offers slightly more relaxed environs for our guests. With two guest rooms, the house is completely furnished in antiques. Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home and make use of the entire house and grounds.

    Phones, television, wireless internet service, a library, a refrigerator, and piano are here for our guests' use. The large yard with gardens, wisteria arbor, fish pond, swings, and hammocks are ideal for couples on a romantic retreat, readers looking for a peaceful spot, or children who need a safe place to play.

    Myrtledene has been designated a Kentucky Landmark by the Kentucky Heritage Committee.

    General Morgan was so enamored with Myrtledene that he chose to spare it when his Raiders burned and looted much of Lebanon, a Union stronghold. In fact, it was here where the white flag of truce was flown atop a pole used to clean the tall ceilings.

    Today's "raiders" can use Myrtledene as their headquarters as they come to experience traditional Southern hospitality and visit the many area attractions.



    Plan now to spend a relaxing weekend, a country holiday or a day or two with us at Myrtledene in Lebanon. Let us introduce you to our unique central Kentucky way of life. Don't forget to visit Lebanon on the last full weekend of every September. That's when the town throws a big party called Marion County Country Ham Days. Rated one of the top festivals in Kentucky, Ham Days brings over 50,000 people to Lebanon. For more info, please see:

    Guests may enjoy breakfast in the formal dining room, on the gallery, on the patio overlooking the gardens, or in the room.

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  • Weddings



    Myrtledene is also the site of numerous weddings and receptions each year. Our three acres right in town offer ample space and convenience to handle you and your guests.
    Call to arrange your special event.

    We are available as a backdrop for your photo shoot. Our rates for a three-hour session are $35 for the grounds only and $55 if using the inside of the house.


  • Area Attractions


    Within a short drive are the following:
    • Makers Mark Distillery
    • Lebanon National Cemetery (with many Union soldiers from the Battle of Perryville)
    • Loretto Motherhouse (America's first women's religious community)
    • Historic Bardstown
    • My Old Kentucky Home
    • The Stephen Foster Story
    • Perryville Battlefield
    • Mill Springs Battlefield
    • Hoofprints on the Stairs, Outdoor Drama:
    • Gethsemane Monastery (home of Thomas Merton)
    • Centre College (Danville)
    • Jim Beam Distillery
    • Shakertown (Pleasant Hill)
    • Churchill Downs (Louisville)
    • Keeneland Race Course (Lexington)
    • Mammoth Cave National Park
    • Penn's Store (oldest country store in America):
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    Lebanon is located on U.S. 68 an hour's drive southwest of Lexington.

  • Guest Reviews

    "My husband and I recently took a road trip around Kentucky and Tennessee. We chose Myrtledene B+B for its location just a few miles from Loretto, where Maker's Mark is distilled.

    We received amazing service from the moment we arrived. We were met by the innkeeper - a jovial man - and his two young sons (5 + 3 respectively) who carried our luggage from our car to our room upstairs. 

    The room itself was decorated in Civil War era-style, which was very appropriate. The room was as large as it was meticulously clean (major points!). The only thing that might be an issue for some travellers is the size of the television, which was rather small. We weren't there to watch tv so it was more amusing than it was annoying. 

    The adjoining bathroom was also very clean, with plenty of towels, toiletries and a hairdryer. There must be something in the Kentucky air that made my hair dry extra quickly throughout the trip - I hardly bothered to use the hairdryer. 

    Breakfast was amazing - french toast with apricot sauce, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. We even enjoyed some entertainment as the innkeeper's youngest son played a game with us while we ate. I should add that this was encouraged by us and not necessarily a standard practice, in case you would prefer to be left alone. We thought he was adorable.

    Although our stay was brief, we enjoyed it very much. The innkeeper even gave us freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies for our journey! 

    Myrtledene provides great value-for-money compared with accommodation choices in Lebanon. As an added bonus, the innkeeper and his lovely family will make you feel as welcome as an old friend."

    -Stayed in September 2012, traveled as a couple from London


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