Bardstown is a city in and the county seat of Nelson County, Kentucky. The is named after David Bard, the man who obtained the land for the city from the governor of Virginia, and his brother William Bard, the surveyor who laid out the town. Its population at the 2010 census was 11,700. It is one of the oldest cities established by European Americans. Bardstown's downtown area is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The area has a number of distilleries, including Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, and Heaven Hill. Bourbon is produced regionally, giving rise to the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, whose promoters have trademarked the phrase Bourbon Capital of the World.
A notable attraction of the city is My Old Kentucky Home State Park, site of the mansion that inspired Kentucky's state song, "My Old Kentucky Home."