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Spalding Hall, Bardstown

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Spalding Hall is a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bardstown, Kentucky. It was built in conjunction with the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral. The hall was originally built in 1826 and named for Bishop Martin John Spalding.
It was the main building of St. Joseph's College, a Catholic college in the 19th century, which was the first Catholic college in Kentucky. The current building was built in 1839 to replace the previous building, which had been destroyed in a fire. The college was closed during the American Civil War and the building briefly served as a hospital for Union soldiers.
It served as St. Joseph's Preparatory School from about 1911 until 1968.
The building houses the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and the Bardstown Historical Museum.
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  • Historic building that houses two museums and the Rick House restaurant in the basement. Built over 200 years ago. make sure to book a museum tour in advance. 
    Historic building that houses two museums and the Rick House restaurant in the basement. Built over 200 years ago. make sure to book a museum tour in advance.  more »
  • Food was above average although we were told their steaks could be cut with a butter knife and I had to ask for a steak knife. Brussel sprouts and scalloped potatoes were excellent. Outside patio... 
    Food was above average although we were told their steaks could be cut with a butter knife and I had to ask for a steak knife. Brussel sprouts and scalloped potatoes were excellent. Outside patio...  more »
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  • Love the park and the pool next to it as well very clean
  • Really cool history there!! Educational!!!

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