Bardstown Things to Do: A Guide to Haunted Buildings

Bardstown, known for its bourbon, vintage trains and Stephen Foster - The Musical, is also famous as one of the most haunted towns in America. BBonline recommends a few haunted hot spots for your list of Bardstown Things to Do:

My Old Kentucky Home
501 East Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004-0323

Stephen Foster was inspired to write the official state song of Kentucky - My Old Kentucky Home, when he visited this Federal Hill estate in 1852. The mansion built by Judge John Rowan in 1818, saw many tragic events, among them the death of eight family members and eight slaves due to cholera within 24 hours. After the judge's son accidentally fell out of his bedroom window to his death, many visitors have seen the ghost of his grieving widow walking the halls.

A visit to My Old Kentucky Home is well worth it from your Bardstown Bed and Breakfast, both for its chills and its beautiful Georgian architectural style.

Old Kentucky Home Middle School
301 Wildcat Lane
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
(502) 349 7040

Bleeding walls and strange odors are the creepy supernatural phenomena you might encounter in this old school which served as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War. It is said that the blood shows up on the walls even after they have been painted red to camouflage it.

Talbott Inn
107 W Stephen Foster Avenue,
P.O. Box 365, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

This 1779 inn has had many eminent guests such as the young Abraham Lincoln, Jesse James, Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark. Guests have seen plenty of ghosts here, but the ghost of Mrs. Talbott, the wife of the original owner, has been sighted most often. She appears to be floating about dressed in white, her brown hair long and wavy.

A recent guest claims to have dreamed about a woman of this description during her stay at the inn. On her return home, she checked the internet for information about the inn, and found that it was Mrs.Talbott she had dreamed of.

There is another story of three women guests being terrified by a thick mist over their beds, and having to spend the rest of the night in the inn's lobby.

McLean House
Court Square,
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Built in 1812, this house near the Talbott Inn is haunted by the ghosts of soldiers who died here during the Civil War when the house was used as a hospital. Visitors say they have woken up in the night to moans and sounds of weeping. One visitor saw two women comforting a distraught woman who had lost her home, a common misfortune during the war.  

Jailer's Inn
111 W. Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Close to the Talbott Tavern, this unusual inn where guests can dine behind bars, was once the County Jail. The building is believed to be frequented by the ghost of Martin Hill, sentenced to die for the murder of his wife. But he was saved from the gallows by a painful illness that took his life. His desperate cries for help are still heard in this inn. This unique inn is definitely a must-see during your Bardstown Inn stay.