Bourbon, Horses, Trains and the Underground Railroad – all in one place in Kentucky! Exits 14 and 22 on I-71, just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville, an hour from Cincinnati, OH, and 70 minutes from the Ark Encounter, you’ll find 10 unique attractions that you won’t find together in other parts of Kentucky!
We are the ONLY place in the WORLD with a running Train ON Main Street (above) in our walkable historic downtown shopping, dining, and event district, and we have the ONLY Train Observation Tower on a Main Street in Kentucky. Yep, a train runs through it, Only in Oldham!
We are the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky” with 15 Hands-On Educational Farm Tours – including horse farm tours – and one of those farms, Hermitage Farm, is home to a carriage museum with the original carriage from Gone with the Wind! Our farms are also Kentucky movie favorites! Alpaca farms, dairy farms, horse farms, bison farms, organic farms, and foodie farms!
We have the ONLY craft distillery that’s true farm-to-bottle producing several high-end Kentucky bourbons – Kentucky Artisan Distillery, home to Jefferson’s Reserve, Jefferson’s Oceans, and Whiskey Row.
We have the ONLY botanical garden on the National Historical Register – complete with the LARGEST Hellebore Collection in the U.S., as well as the ONLY Castle in a botanical gardens in Kentucky.
We have the ONLY 5-Star Indoor Gun Range & the LARGEST Paintball Reball and Nerf Arena in KY! Housed inside Openrange Sports are gun ranges, a paintball reball arena (think painball without the mess), and an awesome gear shop for the best selection in Kentucky. Rent all types of firearms – even a machine gun – and have a blast!
MANY famous people, including the Founder of the Order of the Eastern Star – Rob Morris, the “Little Colonel” author Annie Fellows Johnston, “Father of the Motion Picture” – DW Griffith, and Abraham Lincoln’s best friend – Gov. Richard James Oglesby, called us “home.”
We were home to the first African-American Newspaper Editor and runaway slave, Henry Bibb, and Oldham is now home to two Underground Railroad designations by the National Park Service Network to Freedom and the only Archives designation. There are only 9 total designations in the state of Kentucky – Oldham has two of them!
In later years, areas such as Pewee Valley and Crestwood developed into communities where professionals of Louisville live for our highly sought after education system. But during the turn of the century Annie Fellows Johnston immortalized Pewee Valley in her Little Colonel book series and captured the feel of the Old South, which remains along the quaint streets of Pewee Valley today. Many other Oldham communities retain their historic feel such as Floydsburg and Brownsboro with historic attractions such as the Duncan Memorial Chapel, Oldham’s most popular wedding ceremony spot!
Westport, Oldham’s former county seat and escape for the Underground Railroad, is home to Knock on Wood Merchantile, still lies along the Ohio River, a witness to centuries of change. Now you can enjoy gorgeous river views from Westport Park and Boat Ramp and take in some really cool summer concerts at Knock on Wood’s “Pickin on the Porch.”
Oldham County, KY has grown with the times, as all towns have. But we have managed to maintain the small town charm while welcoming those convenient amenities. We are still a bedroom community to Louisville, however, Oldham County has become the place to live if working in Louisville, just 20 minutes away from downtown. Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city to come home to a place that’s still serene and family-friendly. If you want a glimpse of our lifestyle, visit our Historic Downtown La Grange, one of the coolest Main Streets in the state!
Because of Oldham County’s natural beauty, untouched landscapes, and abundance of farm tours, it’s no wonder we have served as the backdrop of MANY movies and TV shows! Four Hallmark movies were recently filmed largely across Oldham County, the most recent being “The Orphan Horse” and the “Ultimate Legacy” trilogy series in which La Grange served as the spot for the World Premier. Look for the latest Hallmark movie featuring Jon Voight, a regular visitor to our town. You just might find him at one of his favorite restaurants, Big R’s & Shannon’s BBQ in downtown La Grange. Interested in filming in Oldham County, contact our Tourism Office to make your life easier!
One of the most popular blockbuster movies filmed in-part in Oldham County was “Elizabethtown.” But some folks have no idea that our claim to fame came before Hallmark. Father of the Motion Picture, D.W. Griffith, was born, raised, and is buried here.