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Old Talbott Tavern: History and hospitality at their Southern best

by The 100 Companies
Old Talbott Tavern

As if being the oldest bourbon bar in the country isn’t impressive enough, Bardstown’s Old Talbott Tavern is also the oldest restaurant and hotel in Kentucky.

Built in 1779, Talbott’s well-planned position at the “crossroads of the young west” made it a welcome stop for weary passengers to rest for the night. The 1800s would see Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and King Louis Philippe pass through its doors.

It’s also rumored Jesse James left behind some bullet holes in one of the wall murals while shooting at imaginary birds. Reserve his namesake room for the night and see for yourself.

– Kristie Coggins, The 100 Companies

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