© Copyright Bardstown Colonial Days 2013
Welcome to Bardstown Colonial Days. This event is open to the general public and
is intended to educate, entertain and provide you with a taste of life in the 18th Century
and the early settlement of Kentucky. Please visit our home page for information on
admission, location and parking. Bardstown Colonial Days offers something for
Market Fair: An 18th Century market fair consists of vendors and skilled craftspeople
showing and selling the wares and goods of early America. This includes items such as
glassware, household items, soaps, clothing, furniture, jewelry, ironware, etc. Some of
which make great gifts or novelty items, and many others which are useful household
items today. Historical entertainers and demonstrators are also present showing the
skills and trades of the period, along with Native American re-enactors showing the way
of life among the Ohio Valley’s earliest inhabitants. Kids will have an opportunity to
throw a tomahawk and try out other skills of our forefathers. The general admission
gains you access to the market fair and demonstrations taking place at both the Old
Bardstown Village and at Wickland Estate.
Historical Ball: The historical ball will take place next year inside the historic
Wickland Estate, home to three Governors. This historic mansion sits on 64 beautiful
acres adjacent to Downtown Bardstown. Tickets are limited to 140 participants. Calling
will be provided by Dwight Blubaugh and Christine Todey, with music performed by White
Orchid. Tickets will go on sell in 2015.
The Ball is open to all periods of historical dress, so feel free to come
dressed in the 18th Century, the Civil War era, or any other period. Don't worry, if you
don't have access to historical attire, you are encouraged to come in either casual or
formal wear to participate and see all the colorful costuming which will be present. The
callers will walk you through the moves and dance steps, as you get a taste of how folks
entertained themselves in the past. Refreshments will be provided.
Refreshments and Social Gathering
Dance instruction and dancing begins
Refreshments and break
Dancing ends and Social Period resumes
For ticket sales, please check back in 2015.
Overwhelming response in past years has thrust us into developing and building
a larger scale event to accomodate Ball participants. See you at the 2015 Historical Ball!
18th Century Tavern Nights: Fri. & Sat. evening (5:00 pm until closing) will feature a rowdy
evening of drink, food and song for the re-enactors in an original 18th century pub. The
Old Talbott tavern, circa 1779, was frequented by real 18th century personalities such as
Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark and Simon Kenton. The old pub within the
establishment is reserved for folks in colonial period attire; however, the majority of the
restaurant and the bourbon bar are open as usual to the general public. Come by this
historic establishment to see the re-enactors milling about and take a few photos with
them if you like. Food, drinks and alcohol can be ordered from the menu.
Rifle Frolic: For interested black powder shooters, a rifle frolic will take place on
Saturday, 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm. The shoot is open to participating re-enactors and the
general public. The shoot location will be a rock quarry just 5 miles from the Colonial
Days event. A bus will run just prior to and after the event. Shooters may drive their
personal vehicles as well. The shoot will be supervised by NMLRA certified range
officers and all NMLRA rules will apply. Only flintlocks or cap locks allowed and round
ball only. A flintlock shooting demonstration will take place Sunday next to the Old
Bardstown Village. Children will be welcome if accompanied by an adult. A fee of $5.00
will be required for all competitive shooters and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and
3rd place. There is no fee for the "Learn to Shoot Demonstration." Shooter’s
Registration will take place at the shoot and directions and further information will be
available at the Colonial Days Event.
Experience Life in the 18th Century
A rowdy crew awaits you on Friday
& Sat. night at the Old Talbott Tavern.
Black powder shooters join us on
Saturday-NMLRA certified range