Places to Visit

Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center

Olympic-sized swimming pool with multiple slides; daily and season passes are available.



Asbury University

Founded 1890. Originally named Kentucky Holiness College, the school was renamed to honor the founder of American Methodism, Bishop Francis Asbury. Enrolls 1,300. Christian liberal arts.



Asbury University Equine Center

Asbury Equine Center (5)

The Equine Center also has 6 miles of trails overlooking the Palisades of the Kentucky River, giving trail riders, hikers and bird-watchers the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. View gallery



Asbury Theological Seminary

Asbury Seminary, founded in 1923, is a multi-denominational, multicultural graduate school offering masters and doctoral degrees. Asbury Seminary has over 1,700 students and offers classes on three campuses, Kentucky, Florida and Virtual.



Blue Grass Sportsmen’s League

Bluegrass Sportsmen's League

In addition to offering a wide range of outdoor sporting activities on 400 acres of Kentucky’s largest sporting league facility, BGSL practices and promotes wildlife conservation, education, and habitat restoration for both game and non-game species.  Call ahead to arrange a tour; paintball and other select activities are available for non-members.  View gallery

 

Camp Nelson National Cemetery

Designated a national cemetery in 1868. Over 2,200 Civil War soldiers are buried at this site,  including 1,600 from Camp Nelson and others from Kentucky Civil War battles including Perryville, Richmond and Covington.

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park (2)

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park is a National Historic and Archaeological Landmark that offers 525 preserved acres of the 4,000 acre Union Army Supply Depot, Recruitment/ Training Center, Hospital Facility and African American Refugee Camp.  The Camp Nelson “White House,”  a restored Officers Quarters that is the only building remaining of the 300 that once dotted the landscape, interprets the war years along with life of the family whose property was confiscated.   An Interpretive Center with museum, recreated fortification, 5 miles of interpretive trails, a barracks building,  and genealogical research library are also available.    Educators use Camp Nelson’s geological exposures as a natural laboratory and teaching tool. Guide book available at the Interpretive Center. Designated as National Underground Network to Freedom site and part of the Lincoln Heritage Trail.  An Annual Living History is held in early September.   View gallery

Centennial Park

Centennial Park Wilmore Kentucky

Picnicking, disc golf, basketball, and more are available.


Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery

Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery

This lovely vineyard and winery produces 5 varieties of wine made exclusively from Kentucky grapes. Tours, tastings, Tuscan dinners and special events are available. View gallery

City/County Park

Offers playing fields, a playground, shelter, and the Jessamine County fairgrounds.

Farmers’ Market

Available in downtown Wilmore on Saturday mornings from June – September.

First Vineyard & Winery

First Vineyard Vineyards and Winery

Site of the first commercial wine grape vineyard in the United States (est. in 1798).  This carefully restored vineyard is perched high above the Kentucky River in one of the most picturesque areas of the Jessamine County countryside,  and offers vineyard tours and wine tastings.    View gallery

Harry C. Miller Lock Collection & The Museum of Physical Security

Enjoy a free tour and view a close up look at the 4,000 safe locks, time locks, and key operated locks on display at one of the largest museums of its kind in the world.  Stop by and enjoy a tour provided by resident historians.

High Bridge Park

High Bridge Park Wilmore Kentucky

View the first cantilever bridge in North America which was also highest bridge over a navigable stream until early 20th century. High Bridge is designated an engineering landmark and exhibited as a model in the Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institute.  When constructed in the 1870s, this was the highest bridge over a navigable stream.  People came from all over to see the bridge or hear people speak there, such as Billy Sunday and President Rutherford B. Hayes.  Daniel Boone surveyed the land and was known to have a cabin there.   The 11 acre historic park includes a playground, historic pavilion, gazebos, overlook extending 35 ft. from 400 ft. cliff to view two rivers, the spectacular Kentucky River Palisades, and the historic High Bridge railroad bridge.   High Bridge Homecoming Festival held annually mid August.  View gallery.   

Historical and Genealogical Society of Jessamine County

Organized in January 1949 with 81 charter members.  The Society has a monthly business meeting the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at 216 North Main Street, Farmers Square, Nicholasville, KY. There is also an informal meeting every Thursday afternoon from 12:30-3:30 for drop ins or friendly chats.  If you are planning to visit Nicholasville you can also make an appointment that fits your schedule.

Jim Beam Nature Preserve

At the heart of the Bluegrass, the Jim Beam Nature Preserve offers close up views of the oldest rocks in the state (Middle Ordovician age, 440-450 million years old) and the largest concentration of rare plant species in the Bluegrass.  Two endangered bats as well as numerous reptile and mammal species are habitats of this area.  Open to public for hiking, birding and nature study.

Jessamine Creek Gorge

Jessamine Creek Gorge

Situated along Jessamine Creek in the Inner Bluegrass Region, Jessamine Creek Gorge offers a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna. The preserve, located in southwestern Jessamine County, lies in a beautifully wild and largely inaccessible valley.  Tours of the county-owned site are available by appointment.

Kentucky River Palisades

Offers 42 miles of pristine, scenic river expanse with up to 500 feet high limestone cliffs bordering Kentucky River.  This magnificent attraction can be viewed at US 68, KY 29, US 27, KY 169 and on the river through Dix River Adventures and Sugar Creek Resort

 Lexington Quarry

Underground facility, geological formations. Tours available by appointment.

National Softball Museum

Museum celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of the sport and it’s players.

Polvino Family Art Center

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Home to the Creative Art League (CAL) of Jessamine County, a group organized to support local artists and encourage community art activities.  This 1900 square foot gallery and workshop space is located at 109 South Main Street in Nicholasville’s historic downtown district and provides monthly exhibits, summer art camps for children, workshops and art classes for all ages, and Fifth Sunday art talks throughout the year. On a bi-monthly basis, it is the the keystone for CAL’s Gallery Walks, which coordinates art exhibits and musical events at multiple venues throughout the historic downtown district.

Serenity Hill Fiber Arts & Living History Farm

Pioneer and Native American celebrations as well as spring lambing and sheep shearing events are also offered.   Call ahead for tours; visit with an assortment of critters, from a fainting goat to Sebastopol geese, view the carefully restored 1820’s log cabin that serves as the farm’s gift shop/studio. View gallery

Servant Heart Farm

Embracing the community, the region and the world to help facilitate Christian and family-friendly events.  The US 68 400 Mile Sale is held at the facility annually the first weekend in June. Contact 606.794.5607

Shadow Run Farm

Riding lessons by appointment for ages 6 and up are available. Outdoor or indoor arena.

Springhouse Gardens

Springhouse Display Gardens Walking Tours

Opt for a self-guided tree walk, or take a self-guided wildflower walk and be amazed at the number of wildflowers that are native to Jessamine County.   Call ahead for guided tours.  Tours are available during regular operating hours only.  View gallery

Taylor Made Farm

Taylor Made Farm Nicholasville Kentucky

Come visit Taylor Made, a 1,100 acre Thoroughbred paradise located in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Tour participants will visit the mare and foal division’s foaling quarters, paddocks, and of course the future stars! The tour also includes a yearling division where visitors learn about the transition from weanlings to yearlings. The walking/driving rain or shine tour lasts approximately1-1.5 hours and is suitable for all ages. Tours are rain or shine. Photos and videos are allowed unless otherwise noted by tour guide. For more information please email tours@taylormadesales.com or purchase tickets online now at www.visithorsecountry.com/visit-taylor-madeView gallery

Valley View Ferry

Founded seven years before Kentucky became a state, the Valley View Ferry’s charter was signed by Virginia Governor Patrick Henry in 1785.  Valley View Ferry is the oldest continuous business in Kentucky and the last ferry remaining on the Kentucky River.  The ferry provides access across the river between Jessamine, Fayette, and Madison counties and is  located 11 miles from Nicholasville on KY-169 S. at the Kentucky River; there is no charge for ferry rides and/or car transport. A picnic area is provided near the river’s edge.  Call 859.258.3611 for ferry status.

Wingswept Farm

American Saddlebred stable offers riding and driving lessons, indoor and outdoor riding.

 

Wolf Run

Offers exotic animals, tours, and educational programs.

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