Danville, Kentucky


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

2 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"


Kentucky’s birthplace, Danville is a city full of firsts. The town has preserved Constitution Square where the state’s constitution was signed and re-built replica buildings from the time that visitors can tour. Stop by the historic Ephraim McDowell House and The Old Jail to step back in time.

Danville’s rich history includes several educational firsts from the first college and law schools in the West to the first state-funded School for the Deaf and first black home school in the county. Today the town’s the home of Centre College, a leading liberal arts school and host to the previous and upcoming vice presidential debates.

The small town is proud of its locally-owned restaurants, micro-breweries and shops. Start your day at The Hub Coffee Shop and end it at Mermaid’s, with stops at staples like Beer Engine, Red Rooster Café, Burke’s Bakery, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub or Pioneer Playhouse throughout your stay.

Visit in May to attend the annual Lawn Chair Film Festival, September for Eat Drink Danville and Oktoberfest, or November for the Kentucky BBQ Festival and Hogs and Logs Team Triathlon. For more of what’s going on in Danville, check out its reviews.

To echo an earlier review, beauty is not only in the way something looks, but in its day-to-day life. Danville is truly picturesque, but underneath is a vibrant life, honoring its heritage, working hard in the present, and planning for the future. Centre College...Boyle County Public Library...Ephraim McDowell Hospital...Community Arts Center...Pioneer Playhouse. Countless volunteer hours, bicyclists on beautiful back roads, students who are state champions in academics and public speaking and sports, the newly-minted Cultural Heritage District designation from the KY Arts Council, the beauty of the surrounding county including Perryville and the Forkland area...and then there is the limitless supply of interesting people whose training and expertise and interests make this a fabulous place to be.
Reviewed by GeorgiaKY
on June 1, 2012
There's not a nicer place than Danville...or a place more rich with such a diverse set of offerings.
Reviewed by amandolinthegirl
on June 1, 2012
Danville is truly an iconic town. Beautiful historic downtown and homes, warm and friendly people, great education and cultural opportunities, strong healthcare community, and a wonderfully safe and abiding place to live.
Reviewed by 859vad
on June 1, 2012
Great place to retire - there's so much to do! Great American Brass Band Festival, Community Arts Center, Norton Center for the Arts, Great American Dollhouse Museum, Constitution Square, and so much more!
Reviewed by wfumbt
on June 1, 2012
Danville is a 'Norman Rockwell' type town - with all the amenities of a college town. Two Microbreweries, several high-end bourbon, wine and specialty food shops, great restaurants, Norton Performing Arts Center, picturesque neighborhoods, close to lakes, several golf courses and all the shopping you can ever ask for - all topped off with the friendliest people you'll ever meet. We love Danville - it's all about the lifestyle here.
Reviewed by bradsimmons
on June 1, 2012
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