If you're visiting Danville, Kentucky, for the first time, be prepared to meet a lot of people who are proud of where they live, work, and play. Here are five things we think every out-of-towner needs to know about us Danvillians:
We’re heavy on history
From the site of the signing of Kentucky’s constitution to a major Civil War battlefield, our county is full to bursting with history—and we know it! If you talk to locals, they’ll probably recommend McDowell House, home of the world-famous abdominal surgeon, or Kentucky School for the Deaf, one of the first institutions of its kind West of the Alleghenies. There really aren’t many places in Danville without a connection to our rich past!
We’re committed to culture
As one of only five designated Kentucky Cultural Districts in the entire state, Danville is pretty serious about all things creative—and it’s easy to tell when you sample any one of the many arts venues we have. West T. Hill Community Theatre offers a taste of local talent, while Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, entertains all summer long with a variety of shows. The Norton Center for the Arts, on the Centre College campus, brings in world-renowned performers from around the nation and the globe.
Our Community Arts Center, Arts Commission and public library all support a wealth of artists and exhibits year-round, including our staple gallery hops downtown multiple times per year. And more often than not, our Main Street sports a temporary mural by the hard working folks at the Community Arts Center.
We’re (almost too) obsessed with brass band music
Every June for over 25 years, our entire town is transformed into a weekend spectacle of live music, parades, hot air balloon races, bike rides, fun runs, and more. The Great American Brass Band Festival isn’t just any old festival—it’s an essential part of Danville’s identity. And if you don’t like brass band music, at least nod along and pretend to get swept up in the frenzy like everyone else.
We’re big on beer, wine and bourbon
Danville was once legendary as a city stranded in the middle of a “dry” county, but all of that changed in 2010 when Boyle went wet. Now, just a few years later, we’ve experienced a boom in local breweries, distilleries, wineries, bars, and everything in between. If you’re a craft beer connoisseur, squeeze into the Beer Engine, our local microbrewery that features a mix of imported and house beers and a bar made from old bowling alley lanes.
If you’re more into wine, you can visit Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery for tastings and tours, or stop by Wilderness Trail Distillery, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® with a distinct Boyle County spin on vodka, rum and bourbon.
Can’t decide what you want? Head to Jane Barleycorn’s Market and Bar for your choice of craft beer, fine wine, specialty cocktails or rare bourbons, all in one of the most eclectic and artsy atmospheres in town.
We’re happy you’re here
Our Southern small-town atmosphere is one of the first things people notice when they arrive: our downtown district is colorful and bright, the people are friendly, and the pace of life is just a little slower. And although we’re a close-knit small community, we love to show off our town and our county to visitors, so don’t be shy; we want you to know about all the great restaurants, shops, events, and attractions we have—ask away!