Come discover Paris and Bourbon County, Kentucky. Located just fifteen miles northeast of Lexington is Paris, Kentucky, a city with small town charm surrounded by scenic horse farms and historic sites.
Traveling to Paris along US 68/27, the four-lane highway, visitors can enjoy the panoramic views of stately horse farms and manicured pastures.
Marketed under its logo of “Horses, History and Hospitality”, one soon easily understands why these three categories characterize this area.
If you are interested in visiting historic attractions, it is best to call in advance for hours of operation or tour information and prices.
Cane Ridge Meeting House, located on State Hwy 537, is the largest one-room structure still standing. It was built of blue ash logs in 1791. In 1801 one of the largest camp meetings was held here which established the Christian church and gave birth to the Disciples of Christ, the Independent Christian Church and the Church of Christ. The meeting house and museum are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 1 pm – 5pm April through October. There is no admission charge but donations are accepted. The Meeting House is open during the winter season when the curators are available. Please call (859) 987-5350 for information.
Hopewell Museum, 800 Pleasant Street, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 5 pm and on Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm or also by appointment. The museum features historic displays and exhibits throughout the year. For more information on current and upcoming exhibits, call 859-987-7274 or visit www.hopewellmuseum.org.
Duncan Tavern, 323 High Street, is a three-story tavern built in 1788 by Major Joseph Duncan four years before Kentucky became a state. Famous visitors included Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton. The building is now the headquarters of the Kentucky Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This location also includes the John Fox, Jr. Genealogical Library. Both the tavern and the library are open April 1 through mid-December. Call 859-987-1788 for information on guided tours.
The Bourbon County Courthouse has been referred to as “ the most beautiful courthouse in the state of Kentucky.” An indoor visit should include a look at the interior of the dome with its murals depicting the agricultural life in the county as experienced one hundred years ago. The Courthouse is located at 301 Main Street.
The Wallis House & Arboretum, located at 616 Pleasant Street is an antebellum house that serves as the headquarters of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. The arboretum is open free to the public during daylight hours year-round. For more information, call 859-987-6158.
If you are looking for a good book or in need of doing some research, stop by the Paris/Bourbon County Public Library located at 701 High Street. The building is a Carnegie building that is over one hundred years old and is an architectural beauty. Call 859-987-4419 for hours of operation, programs and other information.
One of only 13 covered bridges left in the state can be found in Bourbon County on KY 3118. Located on Colville Road is the Colville Covered Bridge. It measures 124 feet long and 18 feet wide and crosses Hinkston Creek. It is open to regular traffic. Driving through this “timbered tunnel” is an enjoyable experience.
If shopping is on your agenda, Paris’ uniquely beautiful and architecturally interesting Main Street offers a wide variety of choices. Eating establishments offer a variety of cuisine that appeal to any taste and budget.
The Farmer’s Market is located at 720 High Street offers lots of local food items and crafts. Also located at 720 High Street is the Paris-Bourbon County Tourism Office where visitor information can be obtained. Call 859-987-8744 for information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.