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Old 03-02-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Hartland, Wisconsin
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Hi everyone!
Can anyone suggest any towns near Louisville, within 45 minutes or so, that have cute downtowns and lots of older homes? We are looking for lots of historic character, but don't know where to start looking. Any suggestions would be great on both the KY and IN side.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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To me, one of the most beautiful is downtown Corydon, IN. Carrollton & Bardstown KY qualify, too. So does Midway and LaGrange is unique because of it's railroad which runs right down the middle of a very narrow Main St. No stop would be complete without considering Madison Indiana too.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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Hi everyone!
Can anyone suggest any towns near Louisville, within 45 minutes or so, that have cute downtowns and lots of older homes? We are looking for lots of historic character, but don't know where to start looking. Any suggestions would be great on both the KY and IN side.
Bardstown in particular has a nice historic down. You will be right at that 45 minute limit for a commute. Elizabethtown has an older downtown which is about 55 minutes from Louisville. Shelbyville is closer to Louisville than the first two.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Bardstown in particular has a nice historic down. You will be right at that 45 minute limit for a commute. Elizabethtown has an older downtown which is about 55 minutes from Louisville. Shelbyville is closer to Louisville than the first two.
Problems with Elizabethtown and Shelbyville are the lack of "cuteness."
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Not Moving
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Bardstown and Corydon.............definitely. Also, La Grange (KY). What about Bloomfield?...........OK, there's not really a "downtown," more like a stop sign. Also, Frankfort............it's historic AND charming.

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:32 PM
 
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Check out Pewee Valley - very historic, scenic, friendly and convenient (and expensive, alas, but it might just be worth it...).
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Madison, Indiana is our favorite historic town in this area. They hold lots of public events - a national barbecue festival, art festival, a nice garden tour in April, craft/antique fairs, christmas tours. Decent shopping and restaurants - lovely old homes. Madison has done a good job of preserving their historic district and keeping the strip malls out of the historic area.

La Grange is great too as is Danville and Bardstown (one of our favorites). We go antique hunting in Georgetown two or three times a year - nice town.

Shelbyville has good restaurants and shopping and the downtown area is decent.
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: downtown phoenix
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not really a fan of the people in madison. i've seen a lot of very bad, violent things happen there, especially for a town of it's size. i do agree that it's cool looking and very historic, it just seems to have a very "you aint from around here" kind of culture, in my opinion.

i would definately recommend bardstown. as cool and friendly as it is now, it continues to evolve into something better. close proximity to louisville is also a plus.
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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not really a fan of the people in madison. i've seen a lot of very bad, violent things happen there, especially for a town of it's size. i do agree that it's cool looking and very historic, it just seems to have a very "you aint from around here" kind of culture, in my opinion.

i would definately recommend bardstown. as cool and friendly as it is now, it continues to evolve into something better. close proximity to louisville is also a plus.
We visit Madison at least every two weeks and find the town people very friendly and helpful. We've gotten to know some of the restaurant and shop owners and consider them friends. We don't often venture out of the historic district and have seen no crime within the historic district, although I'm sure there is some - just not aware of any. I agree that outside of the historic district, Madison leaves much to be desired. But this post is about cute historic towns and Madison is the best. We go to many of their special events, walk the streets at all times of the day and have never had a problem or even seen anyone that looked unsavory.

We have met several couples from Louisville who have weekend homes in the Madison historic district - they love it!

The people who run Madison are keen on tourism and the revenue it produces so they have taken good advantage of the charm and beauty of the historic district in their planning and production of special events throughout the year. It is in the town's best interest to keep the historic area safe and friendly and I believe they have succeeded in doing so.

Madison is one of the best run historic towns I have ever seen and I highly recommend it. There are so many more things to do in Madison than any of the other towns mentioned on this post.

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Old 03-14-2012, 11:31 PM
 
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Hi everyone!
Can anyone suggest any towns near Louisville, within 45 minutes or so, that have cute downtowns and lots of older homes? We are looking for lots of historic character, but don't know where to start looking. Any suggestions would be great on both the KY and IN side.

BLESSING IN DISGUISE | March-April 2012

I actually think new albany, indiana is super underrated. just ten minutes from downtown lville, yet it is a small town all its own with an amazingly revived downtown of its own
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