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Step Back In Time

and experience the charm of a quaint little town nestled among rolling hills in the Kentucky countryside.



The little town with the big heart


Nicholas County lies in the Bluegrass area of Kentucky - a region noted for its scenic beauty, rolling countryside, quaint courthouse squares, history, hospitality and horse farms. In the county seat of Carlisle, we believe that we help shape the future through researching and preserving the past and present, and we love to share that knowledge with visitors. You will see things anew through the lens of our historic collections and sites.


Carlisle is sometimes known as “The Little Town with the Big Heart” or “The Town that Time Forgot.” Regardless of what you call us, we're sure you'll find something to love in our picturesque town, and in the nearby localities of Maysville, Flemingsburg, Paris, Cynthiana, and Mt. Sterling. 


Visitors Say...

Lori - Millersburg KY

"The Blackberry Festival is one the best small town fun festivals I've been to and has something  for the whole family. Wouldn't miss it for the world!"

Susy - Paris, KY

"The Jailers Home Luncheon is never not beautifully decorated and has the best lima bean casserole you have in your life!"

Bruce - Cynthiana, KY

"Wendt's Wildlife Adventure is the most fun place to visit to see  up close zebras, camels and so many more cool animals."

Ready to get away to a beautiful place with a nice leisurely pace?

We'll be glad to help you plan your visit.

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