Conveniently located on Interstate 71, 25 minutes from downtown Louisville and 70 minutes from the Ark Encounter, “Oldham County has become the go-to hub & spoke destination for tour planners looking for the perfect place to stay and explore just outside the city, yet close enough to include city attractions in their Oldham itineraries,” said Kim Hydes, longtime Executive Director of Oldham County KY Tourism & Conventions.
Oldham County is home to many attractions that can be found in Only in Oldham. 13 private farm tours – including a racehorse farm with a speakeasy and farm-to-table restaurant, craft bourbon and meadery tours, hats with an official milliner of the Kentucky Derby, Underground Railroad history-themed lunches, dinners, and slave cemetery tours, and Mayberry-esque shopping and dining on a quaint historic Main Street.
Get your own derby hat in Oldham County.
“In addition to unique attractions, we offer customized, creative itinerary assistance! Our Group Perks offer experiences and conveniences that are only available through the Tourism office,” Hydes said. “You will find a “one-payment” option in advance of your visit, and gratuity-only step-on service with your stay in Oldham County, to name a few popular Perks.”
Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky
Here in the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky, tour planners love our 13 different farms offering tours April – November. Our newest farm tour itineraries include lunch on a historic racehorse farm and a “build-your-own Kentucky bourbon cocktail” experience in the Speakeasy! Also found Only in Oldham are two racehorse retirement farms owned by Oldham Countian and CEO of Churchill Downs, Bill Carstanjen. Other farm tours include a movie horse farm, bison, a dairy making cheese, sheep, conservation & organic foodie farms, and award-winning botanical gardens and nature preserves.
Oldham County is the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky
Explore the Underground Railroad
Oldham County holds two Underground Railroad history designations from the National Park Service Network to Freedom, including the only Archives designation in Kentucky. Learn about the county’s freedom seekers and Underground Railroad conductors who at great risk, sought to abolish the institution of slavery while enjoying a Kentucky-themed comfort foods buffet. Learn about A Tour on the Underground Railroad along the Ohio River, a new book published by Oldham County author, Dr. Nancy Theiss, and include walks through our historic African American and slave cemeteries.
Oldham County is home to two Underground Railroad sites.
Oldham County’s Spirit
Kentucky Artisan Distillery is a one-of-a-kind ice-cream-factory-turned-distillery offering tours as uncommon as the bourbons themselves. Go behind-the-scenes of three high-end bourbon brands: Jefferson’s, Whiskey Row and Billy Goat Strut. A favorite on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®, Jefferson’s bourbon was named as “The Perfect Manhattan” by Esquire magazine. Oldham County is also home to Kentucky’s ONLY meadery, Hive & Barrel Meadery & Cider located on the state’s largest beer garden of 8 gorgeous acres.
Rest your Head & Hooves
Oldham County welcomes our new 84-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites, minutes from the only town in the U.S. with a freight train running ON its historic Main Street.
For more information about All Things Kentucky found Only in Oldham, contact Kim Hydes at 800-813-9953 or visit OldhamKYGroups.com and enjoy the Live Chat!