Lawrenceburg, Kentucky is a quaint historic community located in the heart of the Kentucky. This community offers the amenities of rural life with the availability of a lifestyle offered by the larger metro cities of Louisville and Lexington. With a population of not quite 10,000 residents in the city limits, it's a friendly town expected to grow positively over the next several years. It's a place where bourbon is as old as the community and the wine nationally acclaimed.
Nestled in the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass region along the Kentucky River, this community is rich in history. From its beginning days in the early 1800s, its heritage is preserved today--from Civil War battles, to the grave site of the late great-grandparents of department store founder J.C. Penney; the story of African American Anna Mac Clarke to the evolution of bourbon; and the potential candidate for presidency. Stories of times past are abundant.
With a beautiful downtown reminisce of early economic activity, it provides visitors a first hand look at many historic buildings that remain intact. As you travel through the downtown, you are most likely to be enticed by the smells lingering from the locally owned and operated Lawrenceburg Candle Company. Experience the smells of spring, the scents of the holidays and more in this shop offering specialty gifts such as afghan throws and decorating accessories. Close to the central core of commerical and retail, the downtown area offers a unique look into the past.
Lawrenceburg City Hall is located in a historic early 1900s building at the corner of Woodford and Main Streets. Former mayor Bobby Sparrow commented regularly, "What better address than 100 Main Street . . . a true anchor for downtown." This building, once the post office, has been restored and renovated for modern-day use yet protecting its special features and characteristics. Local tourism information can be found in the beautiful foyer embraced by marble floors and rich wood trim. Many original features remain.
The Kavanaugh House, today offering buffet dining, is a beautiful historic home that once served as the county high school for many years. It also served as a prep school for the U. S. Naval Academy. The original gym still stands behind this grand historic structure. You can
take in the cool breeze while enjoying an afternoon swing on the front porch or visit to the local distilleries and winery. You won't be disappointed; they offer hospitality at its best.
With the abundance of water from the Kentucky and Salt Rivers and Beaver Lake, recreational opportunities for fishing and boating can provide many relaxing days for the sports-minded individual. Beaver Lake, tucked in amongst the rolling hills of western Anderson County, offers boat rentals and great fishing. The two rivers which meander throughout, offer a source for the production of bourbon at Wild Turkey and Four Roses distilleries.
If the waterways are not your form of recreation, you can spend the day on the greens at Bob-O-Link. This 18-hole public golf course has a pro shop, putting green and a restaurant with a variety of menu choices.
Tyrone, a small community that sits along the river bottoms of the Kentucky River, is the oldest in the county and the only other place where you will find sidewalks. From Tyrone you can view the cascading hillsides joined by an "S" curved bridge and neighboring railroad cantilever bridge that leads into the local distillery. The railroad bridge, known as Young's High Bridge built in 1889, is one of the oldest and tallest still standing today.
Many events take place in Lawrenceburg. From April to October on the second Friday, you'll find many classic cars displayed along the streets of downtown. In June, The Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show, Kentucky's second oldest, is held at the American Legion Park and draws crowds from many miles. In August, you can drive the U.S. 127 corridor for those one-of-a-kind yard sale purchases. The last full weekend in September you can experience the Burgoo Festival, a three-day festival located downtown that celebrates the history of Burgoo. In December, the annual Christmas parade brings the community together to celebrate the season.
Tourists will enjoy the history of bourbon at two of only eight working distilleries left in Kentucky. You'll hear the story of a smitten Kentuckian who "wooed" his beautiful belle and named the Four Roses bourbon in her honor. Walk the grounds of the well-known bourbon called Wild Turkey, named after its executive who offered the concoction to his turkey-hunting friends. Wild Turkey and Four Roses offer tours and a gift shop for those must-have souvenir purchases.
You can then venture to Lover's Leap Vineyard and Winery, Kentucky's largest acreage vineyard, to see first-hand this family owned and operated farm that produces national acclaimed wines. This past year they produced Kentucky's first "sparkling" wine.
As you can see, Lawrenceburg is a place rich in history and strong community pride. It's a community where you can comfortably leisure along the streets of downtown, taste the flavors of locally owned restaurants, float along the pristine waterways and sip the spirits of award winning bourbons and wines. Take in a game of golf, visit the local shops or just enjoy a slow ride along the agriculture countryside. Lawrenceburg has much to offer for young and old alike.