Please join us at Constitution Square Historic Site, the Birthplace of the Commonwealth, for a day of celebration and commemoration, as we celebrate Kentucky turning 225 years old on the first of June, 2017.
Beginning at 10:00 AM we will have a living history exhibit on park grounds and inside of the cabins to create an experience that takes visitors back to 1792, the year our great Commonwealth was established. All day downtown Danville will be alive with celebration to commemorate the bold and pioneering spirit that is still going strong after 225 years. Take a historic walking tour of our award winning downtown, eat lunch at one of our local destination restaurants and browse our lovely, one-of-a-kind shops. Walk in the footsteps of the father of modern Surgery, Ephraim McDowell, or stop by our craft distillery, Wilderness Trail, and taste what Kentucky is all about. If you love Kentucky, then you will love Danville.
At 11:00, enjoy music by Doc Shiba’s Old-Time String Band, playing music inspired by rural string bands followed by invocations from Trinity Episcopal Church of Danville and the Presbyterian Church of Danville, both of which have ties to our founding. We will then toast and sign Happy Birthday to our Old Kentucky Home.
Tour Grayson’s Tavern, now our visitors center, where the great political debates that framed our constitution, led by Samuel McDowell, took place. You can explore the spirit that has made Danville, KY historically bold from 1792 to 2017 in any of our offerings. Tour our new African American Business District exhibit, browse a historic art collection in McKinney Conference Center and join our open house in the buildings circa early 1800s, once home to William Watts, David Bell, Dr. Alban Goldsmith and Jeremiah Fisher. Today they are a model of our bold preservation efforts and home to the Danville Boyle County Economic Development Partnership.
And be sure you make plans to stay as long as possible! The Great American Band Festival, in its 28th year, will kick off festivities on June 1 and go through June 4. Visit here for schedule of events . #225 #happybirthdayky #historicallybold #travelky
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