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Spalding Hall, Bardstown

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • I enjoyed my visit. There is so much to see in this historic building about the history of whiskey. The fact the building is 200 years old is fantastic in and of itself. I didn't pay to go through...  more »
  • Free museum with lots of info. The docents were so friendly. I loved the history behind bourbon. The prohibition information. The bootlegger, the bottles, the stills, wow such hospitality too!  more »
  • Very well done museum of bourbon. Very friendly staff and informative. We enjoyed our time with them.
  • We enjoyed our visit to The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Plenty of artifacts about the story of whiskey in the US, including the period of Prohibition. There is a restaurant in the lower floor, but it was closed when we visited.

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