111 West Stephen Foster, Bardstown, KY 40004. Call today (502) 348-5551 or (800) 948-5551.
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After a day of traveling, Jailer’s Inn Bed & Breakfast is the most captivating place to stay in Bardstown! Whether you’re exploring the great state of Kentucky, tasting your way along the Bourbon Trail or visiting Bardstown… Jailer’s Inn is the perfect choice to lock down for the night!

Welcome to Jailer's Inn 

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Enjoy a full breakfast, private baths in all rooms,
and a full tour of the Historic Jail. 

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Enhance your stay with 
chocolates or roses.

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Named One of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America

A Little History


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.


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about bardstown


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.

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