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PIONEER PLAYHOUSE (Danville / Bluegrass)

For more information on attractions, hotels, bed & breakfast:
Danville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tel: (800) 755-0076
Web: danville-ky.com

WHAT TO SEE IN THE AREA: Some of the state’s greatest tourist attractions are within an easy drive from Danville: Shakertown (Shaker Colony, hotel & restaurant), Perryville Battlefield (Civil War Museum & Park), Fort Harrod/Harrodsburg (Pioneer Settlement in Kentucky’s oldest city), Old Crow Inn & Winery (Wine Tasting at a Historic Mansion), Herrington Lake (Pontoons, boats, cabins available), Historic Restaurants: Beaumont Inn/Harrodsburg - and Elmwood Inn/Perryville.), Constitution Square & McDowell House (walking tour of 17th century apothecary & Kentucky’s first courthouse & jail), JFK Natural History Museum (weekends only), Amish restaurants & crafts, oldest country store in America, golf, boating...and much, much more!


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in Danville Area:

BRASS BAND FESTIVAL - June 9 - 12 This annual four day festival features the nation’s greatest brass bands in free performances all day long. Sit on a blanket in the park & listen to music by day, attend a play at Pioneer Playhouse at night.

SHAKERTOWN - This restored Shaker Village features a self guided tour of breathtaking Shaker architecture, history, furniture and crafts. Lunch at Shaker Village is by reservation only and features recipes from the 17th century--we highly recommend the double crust Shaker Lemon Pie for desert!

PERRYVILLE BATTLEFIELD - Enjoy lunch at Elmwood Inn, featuring homemade teas and preserves, then tour the state’s most legendary Civil War Museum & Battlefield--on weekends, Perryville shops and boutiques are open & worth a wander. Stop at antique shops along the way, one rickety old store (on the right hand side, about a mile before the Battlefield) has THE BEST stuff...at pre-ebay prices!

HARRODSBURG/ FORT HARROD - Kentucky’s first pioneer settlement has been faithfully restored. Learn of the hardships endured and the legacy left behind. Have lunch at nearby Beaumont Inn and wander through the shops and antique stores of downtown Harrodsburg.


WEEKEND IN DANVILLE: Visit any of the above. In addition: visit Old Crow Inn, a historic bed & breakfast, winery & pottery barn. Spend the night at Old Crow Inn, (Pioneer Playhouse is only 500 yards away) --the JFK Natural History Museum & Trading Post is just a stone’s throw down the road!

Fun Day Trips (an hour from Danville): America’s oldest country store (Forkland), Amish crafts & Amish all-you-can-eat-buffet (Forkland), Lexington: shop at great stores and visit famous Horse Farms and race tracks. Bardstown is 45 minutes away: see a play at Pioneer Playhouse one night and Stephen Foster - The Musical the next!

Berea is an hour away from Danville. Berea is home of the famous Kentucky Artisan Centre & world famous craft stores. Have lunch at Boone Tavern & enjoy their spoon bread. Go hiking on trails to the top of lookout mountain.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Rent a boat at Herrington Lake, Play golf, tour historic homes and visit beautiful parks.