(For the best experience, visit downtown La Grange Tuesday – Saturday)
“Trains on Main” is ONE of 10 Attractions You’ll Find Only in Oldham County, KY!
Most first-time visitors to historic downtown La Grange are astounded as they watch a freight train roll right down the center of Main Street! Up to 23 freight trains a day come through this historic shopping and dining district of La Grange! Although the CSX freight train is not a passenger train and doesn’t run on a schedule, La Grange draws many visitors from those watching us LIVE on the Virtual Railfan street cam!
If you are looking for a special place to stay for 2 in your Oldham Trains Getaway, you’ll want to reserve your room at the Brakeman’s Cottage, Oldham’s ONLY vacation rental ON Main Street in historic downtown La Grange! Our newest vacation rental around the corner from the tracks is called “Loft Victorienne“ and is a luxurious 2nd floor 1 bedroom, 1 bath hideaway for 4. If a bed and breakfast is your jam, just a very short drive from Main Street and train watching in La Grange is Pillow and Paddock B&B and Bluegrass Country Estate B&B, gorgeous working horse farms…right here in the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky! You will also find 5 hotels, plenty of spots to rest your head and hooves in Oldham County!
Most recently, La Grange was the ONLY Kentucky city chosen for an episode on the Spring 2022 HGTV spin-off series of Ben & Erin Napier’s Home Town Kickstart by People magazine. HGTV hosts, Alison Victoria of HGTV’s “Windy City Rehab” and Joe Mazza of HGTV’s new series “Home Inspector Joe,” were revealed to be the hosts for La Grange. Set your recorder for the NEW HGTV series which airs Sunday, April 24th, 2022 at 8pm EST! Be sure to watch the La Grange episode on Sunday, May 15th, 2022 where they will feature 3 projects, one being the Be Kind sisters’ mural and Alley Loop project.
Our quaint, walkable Main Street is filled with unique boutiques, awesome restaurants, and museums & art galleries on both sides of the street, so enjoy an afternoon being mesmerized by the train as it passes by each storefront! Visit our Trains page for more specific train information or for shopping and dining information, visit their website at La Grange Main Street. You can also visit our Shop Oldham page for a complete list of shops throughout the county. A new addition to the Street is Jenny Pfanenstiel, featured millinery of the Kentucky Derby, and her new shop Judith M. Be sure to stop in her millinery supply house to see her latest creations!
A visit to our La Grange Railroad Museum on Main Street is a must if you’re interested train cars and historic train artifacts! Outdoors you’ll find a Steam Engine, 1929 Dining Car, L & N Caboose, and a train-yard jitney. The steam engine was constructed in England and was initially used to move coal for the Meaford Power Generating Station prior to its replacement by more modern diesel-driven engines.
Newly renovated, our Oldham County History Museum is awesome! New interactive exhibits have been designed so as to include overhead speakers that sense your presence and start their story! The Kentucky State Reformatory designed an exhibit educating the public about the workings inside of a state prison. Learn about notable Oldham Countians such as DW Griffith, father of the motion picture; Annie Fellows Johnston, author of The Little Colonel book series that spawned the movie of the same name, The Little Colonel, starring Shirley Temple. Visit our Oldham’s Famous People page to learn more about these and others!
Rob Morris, founder of the Order of the Eastern Star (freemasons), Shirley Temple as The Little Colonel, and Henry Bibb – Underground Railroad slave – are featured in their own unique exhibits! Events are held weekly for adults and kids alike. Notably, we celebrate our two new Underground Railroad Designations by the National Park Service Network to Freedom – 2 designations of only 9 in the state! Our museum is within walking distance of our Trains on Main shopping & dining district. You can also learn more about the Underground Railroad here! Coming soon next to the History Museum is La Grange Springs Park!
You will want to “hop on” our newest art installation, the Road Warrior, a bronze life-sized statue of Oldham Countian and WWII Veteran and National Spokesperson, Dr. Bruce Heilman (1926-2019), on his Marine issue Harley Davidson as he has traveled across the United States bringing attention to the sacrifices of WWII veterans and their contribution to the democracy that we enjoy today in our nation.
La Grange Main Street hosts several popular events each year, kicking off with the La Grange Chocolate Crawl in February, and ending the year with Light Up La Grange in December. They also host La Grange ArtsFest arts & crafts show the first weekend in June and Blue Hydrangea Tea, a progressive tea benefiting OAK. Many special events promoting the lining of streets of downtown La Grange. Check our Calendar of Events for upcoming events! You certainly don’t have to be a train enthusiast to appreciate this unique destination that can only be found in one place in America – ONLY in Oldham County, Kentucky!
During your excursion through downtown La Grange, you will not want to miss the view from the Train Observation Tower located in front of the Main Street Bourbon & Ale House (opens for dinner). While you’re there, you must try their locally-made garlic knots with beer cheese, and sit outside on the deck by the railroad tracks! They also have great daily specials such as Guinness fish and chips and gourmet flatbread pizzas! Main Street Bourbon & Ale opens for dinner only. All of the shops in the Main Street District are great, and visitors especially love these unique shops: Picked N’ Painted, Blooms, Friends & Fiber, and Mercantile on Main. Visitors also love our locally-owned coffee shop that roasts their own beans onsite, LaGrange Coffee Roasters! When you love their coffee, grab a bag of beans for your suitcase!
We love the grilled Chicken Pancha Wrap and loaded potato salad or oriental bow tie pasta at Red Pepper Deli, and their monster cookie or white chocolate cranberry cookie is a MUST! I am not a vegetarian, but we also love their Valley Veggie Wrap (no olives for me) with a cup of homemade tomato artichoke or loaded potato soup! You honestly can’t go wrong with anything on their menu! Oh, and their Chef Joe’s Salad is also fabulous (minus the olives for me!) if you are looking for a low-carb option with plenty of meat and cheese – you don’t need dressing because it’s so juicy with diced veggies!
We recommend the Kentucky Haute Brown at One Nineteen West Main restaurant or what our guests have called the BEST fish tacos they’ve ever had. I personally love their reuben wontons and have been known to order a double batch for lunch. Ernesto’s is a locally owned Mexican restaurant that has the best food any time of day but I especially love the Mexican Chicken Soup! Main Street Bourbon & Ale House opens at 4pm and has fantastic outdoor seating by the railroad tracks and a great bar! For a little sweet on the street, you might wanna try something a little different! One Nineteen West Main was recently featured on the Cooking Channel‘s show, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” showcasing their Kentucky Bacon Pie®!