Top 10 Things to do in Lancaster, United States

September 17, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

Lancaster locally /ˈlæŋkəstər/ is a home rule-class city in Garrard County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. As of the year 2010 U.S. census, the city population was 3,442.
Restaurants in Lancaster

1. William Whitley House

625 William Whitley Rd, Stanley, KY 40484-9770 +1 606-355-2881
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

William Whitley House

Reviewed By Jerry B - Lexington, Kentucky

William Whitley House State Historic Site is a park in Crab Orchard, Kentucky. It features the home of Kentucky pioneer William Whitley and his wife, sharpshooter Esther Whitley. The home was built as a fortress against Indian attacks sometime between 1787 and 1794. The house was made of brick, and marked a transition in the area from log cabins to more formal homes. The site became part of the park system in 1938, and the house was restored by locals between 1948 and 1955. It features a covered picnic shelter, a small park area for the kids, and house tours. My family has had several gatherings here over the years and I can attest it is a nice place to visit. If your looking for a peaceful spot to gather with family, this is it.

2. Berea Pinnacles

Highway 21, Berea, KY 40403
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Berea Pinnacles

Reviewed By Gkhayes - Lynn, Indiana

Variety of trails, we chose a easy one to start then switched to a challenging one. Stopped by the Devils kitchen, then over to the East pinnacle. Wow well worth the hike. Side note, trail was muddy in places and had several spots of scrambling and climbing on rocks. Is pet friendly but be careful as it was challenging in spots for our well trail experienced chi-westie. Also note bears and copperhead maybe encountered. Still well worth it.

3. The Great American Dollhouse Museum

344 Swope Dr, Danville, KY 40422-1253 +1 859-236-1883
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5 based on 213 reviews

The Great American Dollhouse Museum

Reviewed By Andrew P - Germantown, United States

A Dollhouse Museum that is an amazing way to share social history. Study fashion, design, people, historic events from the 18th C. to the present, all in miniature with incredible life-like detail. Really enjoyed the settings that told us about Kentucky's history (Shakertown, underground railroad and the tobacco industry).

4. Peninsula Golf Resort-Golf Course

200 Clubhouse Dr, Lancaster, KY 40444-8954 +1 859-548-5055
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4 based on 4 reviews

Peninsula Golf Resort-Golf Course

Reviewed By Andrew B - Lexington, Kentucky

A Pete Dye design with a great layout. The bunkers need some work, which with it being a Pete Dye course is a shame as that is one of his features in design. However, that should not take away from a fun experience. We have also stayed at the chalets for a long week-end - which are excellent for a golf trip with the chaps or chapesses

5. The Burgin Barn

345 Buster Pike, Burgin, KY 40310 +1 859-748-9689
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5 based on 1 reviews

The Burgin Barn

Reviewed By natthefiddler - Grimsby, Canada

The Burgin Barn was the highlight of my trip! I was going to Kentucky with the idea that I wanted to hear some good old tyme country music and to play my fiddle with a country band! Well Tommy, the owner of the Burgin Barn made that happen! What a great place. It's a small place that probably seats about 100, with comfortable theatre like seating. If you show up around 6pm there is a "pot luck" spread put on that locals have all contributed too with sandwiches, salads, and Tommy (if you're lucky) has made his awesome Apple Dumplings (yummy). The show starts around 7pm (ONLY ON FRIDAYS) and includes the house band The Kentucky Strangers with guest performers that get up to perform. It will take you back to the old days when country music really sounded like country music! It's $10 to get in for a 2 - 3 hour show (and includes your dinner). And the people at the barn are very welcoming and so friendly! I think by the end of the night I had spoken to each of them! Definitely include this on your trip to Kentucky - it's a wonderful night! I can't wait to go back.

6. Kentucky Soaps and Such

203 W Main St, Stanford, KY 40484-1255 +1 606-365-0808
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Kentucky Soaps and Such

Reviewed By jgbtravels - Louisville, KY

Who would think that a cute shop with local made soaps would thrive in this community. Granted, I am happy to see businesses making a success in small towns such as this. Too many times I have seen vacant storefronts in towns this size-very encouraging. They also have pottery, glassworks, jewelry, and books. I made a few purchases while here. It's in a cool, old building in downtown Stanford across from the Bluebird Cafe-a busy place. Although I ate somewhere else I must try the Bluebird on a return visit.

7. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg, KY 40330-9218 +1 859-734-5411
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4.5 based on 545 reviews

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination rooted in the spirit of the Kentuckians that called this place home for more than a century. Discover inspiring legacies, fresh-air adventures and spirited hospitality throughout Shaker Village's 3,000 acres. Onsite amenities include overnight accommodations, dining and catering services, retail shops, historical exhibitions and tours, a farm and garden area, a nature preserve, multi-use trail system, riverboat rides, equestrian stable and an extensive calendar of special programs, activities and events.

Reviewed By imtom55711 - Largo, Florida

Almost all of the buildings were closed to tourists. Most of them had signs indicating they were only for overnight guests. A couple of the larger buildings, like the meeting house, were closed for renovation. I've been to several historical villages, and this was probably the least interesting. We did have a nice lunch there though. They have some gift shops also. But for the most part, this was a complete waste of time.

8. Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Berea, KY 40403 +1 859-985-5448
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Reviewed By BandB-Lovers_30-yrs - Dayton, Ohio

Iike being in a museum. Mostly art as opposed to arts and crafts. Local artists display their work for sale and there are some beautiful, fanciful, even whimsical pieces available. Prices are relatively ambitious. It is a fun experience. There is a snack bar too.

9. Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park

6614 Old Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356 +1 859-881-5716
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park

Reviewed By airlink9972 - Memphis, Tennessee

I had the opportunity to visit and enjoy Camp Nelson Park during a living history event for three days last month and had a wonderful time.
Until recently, I have never heard of Camp Nelson, once finding out that this was a vital area of Civil War history I made it a point to plan a visit. So happen it was during a time when a major event was going on during the weekend.
The park is at the site of the recruitment, housing, depot for the Union army in Kentucky. The United States Colored Troops (USCT) recruited men to become soldiers, often families would also arrived as it was a beacon of freedom.
There is a small museum with a short film before the guided tour. I found both good and learn a lot more since it goes in depth on the lives of the men, women and children.
The grounds are very well maintain and easy to access the trails. Some of the trails are slightly hilly and distance from the main building
It's easy access from Lexington.
It's a great place for those who are interested in learning a part of the Civil War in which until recently very rarely discussed or highlighted.
Check the website for during the year, there are activities at the park. There is a small admission cost.
I encourage anyone in the area to take time to visit

10. Old Fort Harrod State Park

100 S College St, Harrodsburg, KY 40330-1645 +1 859-734-3314
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Old Fort Harrod State Park

Reviewed By MaryGregg - Trafalgar, Indiana

My husband and I visited the Fort at around 11 am in October. Even though there were two hundred school children having a tour at the same time it was very well organized. Each area had a very knowledgeable guide telling stories of a person in history or showing the skills of survival for the time period. We either had an individual talk or we listened in on one of the school groups.

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