This re-creation of a frontier village is complete with cabins dating from between 1776 and 1820. Along with frontier homes, ... More
Old Bardstown Village
This re-creation of a frontier village is complete with cabins dating from between 1776 and 1820. Along with frontier homes, visit the Wheel Wright's Shop, Forge, and Stillhouse. An Indian Museum is also on site.
Did someone have a fleeting thought about putting up some Indian stuff and then ditch the idea? And why did they pour a new sidewalk to lead you to that dump? Okay, let's not only treat Indains cruddy, but let's treat their heritage as an unkempt afterthought! Clean it up, museum people and lend that portion of your otherwise decent displays, some dignity!
I was really surprised at all the fake and reproduction flags and uniforms in this museum, that they are trying to pass off as the real thing. There is not a single actual authentic Confederate flag in the museum - they are all recently made. Pretty much the same with the CSA uniforms. The weapons are very good, though.
The village was a real disappointment. Even though these may be authentic houses there was nothing there. The tavern had modern day tables and folding chairs in it. The Indian museum really sucked. One of the teepees was falling down and the other one had nothing in it and the museum building itself was locked up tight. My family and I have traveled all over southern Indiana and northern Kentucky visiting pioneer villages and museums and this one was defintely not worth the travel time (2 hours) or the money. If you want a real pioneer village experience go to Mitchell Indiana to the Spring Mill Pioneer Village or to Rockport Indiana to Lincoln Prairie Village. Those are two villages that Bardstown needs to visit and emulate.
This museum, devoted to the war in the western theater, was much larger and better organized than I had expected. The exhibits were arranged in chronological order, starting with events leading up to the war. Each exhibit case was accompanied by a written explanation of its contents. (These would've been slightly easier on the eyes if they'd been printed in upper- and lower-case letters, instead of all upper-case. Still, having been in too many museums where items are displayed with NO interpretation at all, I was very favorably impressed on this score.)
For anyone interested in the Civil War in general, this museum is well worth the trip & the admission price. For those researching the uniforms, weapons, or saddles used in the war, it is an absolute must-see! (Researchers: Photography is allowed. Flash photography is OK, but I recommend a good digital camera that's designed to compensate for low light levels.)
While you're there, go ahead and get the all-inclusive ticket for admission to the Pioneer Village & the Women's Civil War Museum. Don't forget to ask for the AAA or Military discount, if you qualify.
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