Park City, Kentucky: Ruins of Bell's Tavern

It's rare to find a good ruin this close to an interstate exit. Bell's Tavern burned nearly 200 years ago, and its overgrown rock walls resemble a stunted medieval castle. Has its own parking lot.
Address:
130-318 Old Dixie Hwy, Park City, KY
Directions:
I-65 exit 48. Turn east onto Mammoth Cave Pkwy. Drive a half-mile. Turn right at the stop sign onto Louisville Rd., then make the first left onto W. Dixie St. Drive across the bridge over the train tracks, then make the first left onto Old Dixie Hwy. Drive a quarter-mile. You'll see the ruins and its parking lot on the right.
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Historical marker.

Ruins of Bell's Tavern

Extremely impressive structure for 1830. Well worth the side trip if you're a history nerd! Added bonus: there are now two sinkholes that have opened up in the Bells Tavern Park!

[Daydreamer, 08/09/2019]

Bell's Tavern ruins.

Ruins of Bell's Tavern

Ruins of an old tavern that was a really happening place until its destruction by fire in the 1830s. The American Civil War thwarted rebuilding attempts. Currently it sits abandoned in a park.

[Betsey, 04/17/2018]

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