Centre College is located in nearby Danville, just a few miles from Beaumont Inn bed and breakfast. Founded in 1819, Centre College is a U.S. News top-50 national liberal arts college (Kentucky's highest nationally ranked institution). Centre's promise to its students is "personal education, extraordinary success." The College delivers on this pledge with one-to-one from day one career preparation; small classes taught exclusively by challenging, dedicated professors; and an all-learning, all-the-time campus environment that provides abundant opportunities for social interaction and leadership development.
Norton Center for the Arts is the arts facility of Centre College. Widely recognized as one of Kentucky's most important cultural resources, it offers exceptional programming in the performing and visual arts for the students, faculty, and staff of the College and for residents and visitors to the region. All Norton Center events are open to the public. Check out the amazing line-up at the Norton Center for the Arts!
Centre College received its charter from the Kentucky Legislature on January 21, 1819. Classes began in the fall of 1820 in the first building of the College, Old Centre, with a faculty of two and a student body of five. Since that time Centre has remained steadfast in its mission of providing superior education in the liberal arts tradition.
Centre’s image as a small school capable of startlingly large achievements was enhanced by its 1921 football victory over Harvard University, then ranked No.1. The New York Times later called Centre's achievement “the greatest upset in the first half of the 20th century.”
Currently, Centre’s enrollment is about 1,070 undergraduates. Centre is among the smallest coeducational colleges in the United States to have a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter and the only private institution in Kentucky to do so.
In 2000, Centre became the smallest college ever to host a national election debate when the two vice presidential candidates, Joe Lieberman and Dick Cheney, met in Centre’s Norton Center for the Arts. The debate was quickly dubbed the “Thrill in the ’Ville.”
Centre set another national record when it achieved a 75.1 percent participation rate for alumni contributing to the College’s annual fund. Centre has led the nation in the percentage of alumni who make contributions to their college for most of the last two decades.
Centre notable alumni include two U.S. vice presidents (John Cabell Breckinridge-Class of 1838 and Adlai Ewing Stevenson-Class of 1859), a chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Frederick M. Vinson-Class of 1909 and Class of 1911-Law), a U.S. Chief Justice (John Marshall Harlan-Class of 1850), and a number of U.S. senators, representatives, and state governors. Other Centre alumni have been and are leaders in the fields of business, teaching, medicine, law, and journalism. Centre's strong connection with the past brings added meaning to the present, and provides inspiration for the tradition to be continued in the future.
For more about them, go to the Centre College Web site.
There is much to see and do in Danville, just a few miles from Beaumont Inn bed and breakfast, your alternative to a hotel!
Danville is known as the “Birthplace of the Bluegrass,” with its stately homes and beautiful tree-lined streets. Centre College, a liberal arts four year college, is at the intersection of Maple and Main Street. Centre 6, Harvard 0, 1921 football game that made history.
Constitution Square State Historic Site , 134 Second Street is a wonderful reproduction of a pioneer square which includes a meeting house, courthouse, jail, and the original post office. The early Fisher’s Row homes house a museum and art gallery. They have a great gift shop. Across the street is the Ephraim McDowell House and Apothecary Shop. Dr. McDowell preformed the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor in 1809.
Burke’s Bakery is close by also. MMMM, delicious cakes, cookies, sandwiches. The Community Art Center also on Main Street has several exhibits and displays of local art. There are several neat shops in Danville, Maple Tree Gallery, Carol’s Bridal Shop, both on Main Street, and Jr.’s on Fourth Street.
New to Danville is the Great American Doll Museum. 334 Swope Dr. 859/583-8000. 6,000 square foot museum that contains 200 dollhouses and thousands of related miniatures, presented in remarkable detail. It is open Tuesday-Saturday 11-5. Well worth the trip!
Another interesting place in Danville is the Chateau du Vieux Corbiau at Old Crow Inn. The wonderful building which dates back to 1780 is surrounded by the vineyard complete with tasting room and gift shop. 471 Stanford Road, 859/236-1808, open Monday-Saturday, 11-6.
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After a day of touring Danville and Centre College, return to our bed and breakfast inn, a great alternative to a hotel!
For more, go to the Danville Website.