Bardstown (HM1ESB)

Location: Bardstown, KY 40004 Nelson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 48.534', W 85° 27.99'

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Bardstown area was explored in mid-1770s. William Bard came here in 1780 as agent for his brother David, and John C. Owings and laid off the town. Settlement was first called Salem. A land grant of 1000 acres was issued by the Virginia General Assembly in 1785. Of this land 100 acres, including Salem, were set aside for county seat.

Side B
William Bard laid off the town and granted two acres for erection of courthouse and other public buildings in the name of his brother David, who remained in Pennsylvania. The first courthouse, of hewn logs, was built 1785; by then the town was called Baird's Town, a variation of family name. It was designated Bardstown when incorporated in 1788.
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number1668
Year Placed1980
Placed ByThe Kentucky Historical Society & The Kentucky Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 12:22am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 634989 N 4185719
Decimal Degrees37.80890000, -85.46650000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.534', W 85° 27.99'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 32.04" N, 85° 27' 59.40" W
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Area Code(s)502
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown KY 40004, US
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