The birthplace of Kentucky.
Soon after the Revolutionary War, what’s now Kentucky was still a part of Virginia, but many locals wanted Kentucky to be its own state. Ten constitutional conventions were held at the courthouse in Danville, then as now a social and political hub of the area. Finally, on June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the new Union’s fifteenth state, and Revolutionary War hero Isaac Shelby was named its first governor.
In the twenty-first century, Danville is thriving. Its combination of small-town friendliness, big-city culture and events, bucolic countryside and living history make living, working and visiting here a true pleasure. There are also a few smaller communities around Danville that add to the history and beauty of Boyle County. Make your trip complete with a stop in one of these thriving little towns.
Perryville Battlefield, with its guided tours, vibrant reenactments and spooky ghost walks, is a must see. But set aside time for antique shopping along antebellum Merchants’ Row to truly get a feel for this historic town.
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The Louisville and Nashville Railroad station built here in 1882 gave this town its name and made it a local travel hub. Today, you can go geocaching around town to plot your own journey to adventure. Then head to Sweets by Cindy; in addition to crafting spectacular wedding and special-occasion cakes, owner Cindy Nevius offers delectable cupcakes perfect for an afternoon treat.
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Forkland packs a lot of spirit into a tiny town. Visit the community center to see the Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum, which commemorates one-time Forkland resident Lucey Shipley Hanks, Lincoln’s maternal grandmother; the museum features Lincoln family artifacts and tells about Forkland life in the nineteenth century. Or come to Forkland in October for hearty soup, cornbread and sorghum cake at the Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue.