Welcome to Jailer's Inn
Enjoy a full breakfast, private baths in all rooms,
and a full tour of the Historic Jail.
Enhance your stay with
chocolates or roses.
Named One of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America
The Old Nelson County Jail property housed prisoners from 1797 till 1987. The front building, sometimes referred to as the “Old Jail” was constructed in 1819. Records indicated that John Rogers, architect of St. Joseph Cathedral, performed certain carpentry on this structure. The upper floor of this native limestone building, with 30 inch thick walls, contained two cells and an “upstairs dungeon” to house prisoners.
The back jail was built in 1874 and is completely surrounded by a stone wall. The front jail was then made into the jailer’s residence. Both the jail and jailer’s residence were used and occupied until 1987. It was the oldest operating jail complex in the state of Kentucky and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
TOURS AVAILABLE DAILY, BUS GROUPS WELCOMED!
With a prime location, we are located in the heart of downtown Bardstown, just 1/2 block from the court square. Restaurants, pubs, quaint shops and downtown festivals are just steps away. Located in the heart of Kentucky, Bardstown offers the ultimate small-town getaway. In just an afternoon, one can easily understand why Rand McNally and USA Today declared Bardstown the Most Beautiful Small Town in America. Throughout Nelson County, there are more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, with nearly 200 of them located in the historic downtown district. Enjoy the Southern charm that can only be found in a small town, along with several stops along the Bourbon Trail.
I am so going to have to stay here again. It was wonderful. Great atmosphere and truly a treasure. Enjoyed the little bar next door and the room was perfect. Seeing so much history turned into beauty was endearing.
This is such a unique place and town, words will not serve justice. The old jail is just as accommodating as Lisa (the warden) and Paul (owner). Walking distance to many local shopping and dining options, the old jail is a perfect B & B to relax, explore and learn. Lisa’s Southern hospitality and great cooking will get your first stay started just right!
We stayed in the Library Room for one night and it was great! The room was very comfortable and inviting. Paul gave us a wonderful breakfast in the morning and chatted about local history as we ate. The location is perfect for walking around town.
It was our first time at a B&B, it was an old jail from the early 1800’s. Very clean with 6 beautiful room to stay in,and a jail cell too. The staff was a pleasure to be with,knowledgeable about the jail history and the town. We sat down to the breakfast table with 5 other people, had baked french toast with muffins donuts,fruits,and several other things. After breakfast they gave use a tour of the jail,it was very interesting. During the night my wife had felt a hand on her forehead but I was asleep. They say that there are spirits in the jail.