Jailer's Inn Bed & Breakfast

111 West Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Innkeeper(s): Paul McCoy
  • Introduction

    Iron bars on windows, 30 inch thick stone walls, and a heavy steel door slamming behind you may not sound like the typical tourist accommodation and Jailer’s Inn is anything but typical. The historic Jailer’s Inn, circa 1819, offers a unique and luxurious way to "do time."

    Jailer’s Inn is a place of wonderful, thought provoking contrasts. Each of our six guest rooms are beautifully decorated with antiques and heirlooms, all located in the renovated front jail. The back jail, built in 1874, is basically unchanged; you get a chilling and sobering look at what conditions were like in the old Nelson County jail that was in full operation as recently as 1987.

    On spring and summer mornings, as you sip hot coffee and chat with other guests over a full breakfast in the courtyard, it’s difficult to imagine all of the previous uses of the courtyard—as a work yard for prisoners crushing limestone, a place to visit forlorn relatives, or even the centralized location of the Nelson County gallows.

  • History

    The Old Nelson County Jail property, housed prisoners from 1797 till 1987. The front building, sometimes referred to as the "Old Jail" was constructed in 1819. Records indicated that John Rogers architect of St. Joseph Cathedral, performed certain carpentry on this structure. The upper floor of this native limestone building, with 30 inch thick walls, contained two cells and an "upstairs dungeon" to house prisoners.
    The back stone building, sometimes referred to as the "New Jail," was built in 1874 and is completely surrounded by a stone wall. The front jail was then; made into the jailer's residence. Both the jail and jailer's residence were used and occupied until 1987. It was the oldest operating jail complex in the state of Kentucky and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
    Tours Available Daily, Bus Groups Welcomed!
  • Amenities

    • Full Breakfast (served in the courtyard in summertime)
    • Private baths (two rooms with double Jacuzzis)
    • Turn down service
    • Complimentary tour through the historic Jail
    • Off-street parking
  • Proprietor's Philosophy

    Our standards for running a business come from the places we have visited and enjoyed. There are several basic tenets by which we have come to operate.
    Jailer’s Inn is a guest accommodation first and my home second.
    I’ve visited several Inns, remodeled homes most of the time, where I felt a bit intrusive. At Jailer’s Inn, the innkeeper lives on the premises. The building is our home, but at no time will you feel like you need to tiptoe through someone’s living room.
    Cleanliness is the golden rule for our employees; we strive for a beautiful and clean establishment
    We respect our guests’ privacy.
    Our staff works to be the most informed on activities and restaurants in the area, to better advise our guests on the best places to go and see.
  • Kid Friendly

    Children are welcome!
  • Things To Do