Helen: Stanford, KY Day Trip

Dixon Beaumont Inn News

I have another great day trip for you! Just south of Harrodsburg is Stanford, Kentucky (approximately 20 miles) a true Kentucky treasure. It is the second oldest settlement west of the Alleghenies (you know Harrodsburg is the first!) formed much like Harrodsburg around the pioneer fort—in this case, Logan’s Fort. As you turn off US150 into Stanford you will be pleased to see many stately homes and attractive architecture. You really kind of lazily wind your way onto Main Street which has gone through some terrific restoration in the last few years. Newly opened Bluebird Café is the place to have breakfast or lunch. It is a Kentucky Proud restaurant serving fresh Kentucky products in a restored 19th century store complete with the tin ceiling. Before or after eating you will need to stroll down the street. Visit Jackie Ray’s treasure shop, one of those antique shops that has a very eclectic selection—even a bovine head with big horns. Stop in Kentucky Soap and Such for goat milk soaps, lotion, hand soap, etc. Wonderful!

I love their courthouse, big brick columns, very grand building. As you stroll down Main, look for Mill Street. You will see a row of newly restored cottage homes that make up the Wilderness Road Guest Houses. Cottages complete with all the amenities of a hotel but you get the whole house! www.wildernessroadguest.com

Now before you leave to go visit the William Whitley House, my favorite house museum, just a few miles down the road, stop in Coleman’s Drugstore and have an orange aid. Quenches your thirst after the stroll. It is a lovely 19th-century drugstore where I feel sure if you sat for awhile you could learn the who, what and where of Stanford.

I think you will enjoy your day!