What to do and see in Stanford, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 2, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Stanford is a home rule-class city in Lincoln County, Kentucky, United States. It is one of the oldest settlements in Kentucky, having been founded in 1775. Its population was 3,487 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lincoln County. Stanford is part of the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Stanford

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. 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).

3. 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.

4. Wilderness Trail Distillery

4095 Lebanon Rd, Danville, KY 40422-9654 +1 859-402-8707
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5 based on 41 reviews

Wilderness Trail Distillery

We handcraft Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Blue Heron Vodka, Settler's Select Whiskey and Harvest Rum. Using local grains that travel only 3 miles from field to bottle, we make premium spirits on a 250 gallon copper pot still. Full gift shop and spirit sales on site. 45 minute tour that takes you behind the process of craft distillation on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

Reviewed By Tim P

Stopped by while doing the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail. Had a very informative tasting. Only got to try the vodka and rum, since the bourbon was not quite ready yet. Both were very good. Can't wait until the bourbon is ready!

5. Constitution Square Historic Site

105 E Walnut St, Danville, KY 40422-1817 +1 859-236-7794
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Constitution Square Historic Site

Reviewed By Daniel I

Constitution Square is a collection of buildings that tell the Kentucky frontier narrative. It includes the oldest post office West of the Appalachian Mountains, Grayson's Tavern an early political hot spot and a memorial garden for past Kentucky Governors.

6. Pioneer Playhouse

840 Stanford Rd, Danville, KY 40422-9300 +1 859-236-2747
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Pioneer Playhouse

Reviewed By Susan M - Dayton, Ohio

This was our second time in the Danville area but our first time to the Pioneer Playhouse. We opted for the dinner before the performance which was very good bbq and all the fixings. There is a small gift shop and sitting area near the outside dining area. In addition there is a re-creation of a western type street to peruse with an ice cream parlor. The tiered theatre afforded excellent views of the stage with large lawn chairs with ample space between them. Snacks were available at intermission. The comedy "Drinking Habits" was excellent. All the actors were very good. Acoustics were great and the show well paced. Everyone involved in the venue was welcoming. My only complaint is the antiquated bathrooms, some stalls with only curtains and plumbing issues. We really enjoyed this unique venue and production under the stars. It was a very relaxing evening.

7. McDowell House Museum

125 S 2nd St, Danville, KY 40422-1801 +1 859-236-2804
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

McDowell House Museum

McDowell House is a house museum. Every day, personally guided tours are given through the house and apothecary where Dr. Ephraim McDowell lived and worked. Dr. McDowell is known for performing the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor.

Reviewed By jbhaltom - Danville, Kentucky

McDowell House offers a docent led tour of the apothecary typical of early 19th century in the home of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. The first successful ovarian tumor was removed from Jane Todd Crawford on Christmas Day in 1809 while the congregation at Trinity Episcopal church prayed for patient and physician. If you are in the medical field you will appreciate this glimpse back in time. Even if you are a history buff or just curious about how people lived in early 1800s you will enjoy this tour.

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