Trappist, Kentucky: Bourbon Fudge MonksHome of the famous bourbon fudge monks, who also make non-alcoholic fudge and cheese. Welcome center and gift shop, 1,200 acres of land where the public can hike. Some monastery areas not open to public.
Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani
- 3642 Monks Rd, Trappist, KY
- Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani. On the east side of Monks Rd/Hwy 247 about a mile north of Hwy 52/New Hope Rd. GPS may prefer town of New Haven.
- Closed Sundays. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Bourbon Fudge Monks
The monks have outsourced the cheese they sell to a company in Wisconsin. We were told that by the cashier when checking out. The place is still worth a trip.[Katie, 05/19/2012]
Sept. 2013: Photo added.
Very nice people that we met there, working in the visitor center. One tip though: Trappist was not working in GPS so we entered New Haven as the city per the visitor center personnel and then we were able to find it.[Byron Wirth, 04/02/2012]
The Gethsemani Monastery in Trappist (near Loretto) is a great place to see how an order of monks lives in modern-day America. It's really off the beaten path, but definitely worth it. There is a small visitor center where you can view photos of the Dalai Lama's visit to the monastery. You can actually observe the monks doing one of their many daily prayer sessions in the chapel. They make fabulous cheese, fruitcake, and bourbon fudge in order to support themselves. You can buy it there. The food is so good that at the holidays they had to pull the plug on their fax machine and stop taking orders. They do not employ any outside help to make the stuff, and there are only around a hundred or so of them. Combine a visit to this monastery with a trip to the nearby Maker's Mark distillery.[Lori Jander, 03/28/1999]