History, Arts & Culture

History in Hart County runs really deep. You can travel back to the beginnings of our cave system on a cave tour or a trip through the American Cave Museum. There you can also learn about the “Cave Wars” as the show cave owners fought for the tourism dollar. Check out the Horse Cave Stories Cell Phone Tour for the history of a town that grew on top of a cave. You can walk where Civil War soldiers fought at the Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve and hear tales of the occupation of the small town of Munfordville on the Old Munfordville Cell Phone Walking Tour. And don’t miss our Quilt Trail, free Music jams, replica of Stonehenge and more!

  • Farmwald’s Amish Country Tours

    (NEW April 2024) This 4-hour bus tour is escorted and conversational. You’ll visit several local Amish-owned businesses for discussions and demonstrations that vary according to availability.

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  • Jammin’ on the Porch

    Bluegrass Jam Session on Thursday nights at The Bookstore in downtown Horse Cave. Public jam sessions are free. Bring your acoustical instrument and join in or come by and enjoy the music! 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm every Thursday. For more information call (270) 218-0386.

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  • American Cave Museum

    Phone: 270-786-1466
    Location:I-65, Exit 58 119 East Main Street, Horse Cave KY 42749.

    Adjacent to Hidden River Cave, the American Cave Museum has been honored by the Nature Conservancy Magazine as “a little bit of Smithsonian in rural Kentucky.”

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  • Sims Studio & Art Shop

    Location: 112 East Main Street, Horse Cave KY 42749
    Phone: 270-218-1067
    Alt. Phone: 270-786-ARTS

    Sims Studios & Art Shop is the working art studio of Jesse Ray Sims and Jennifer Bruton Sims.

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  • Hart County Barn Quilt Trail

    In the tradition of quilt trails throughout rural America, the artistry of the traditional quilts has been displayed on backdrops of historic barns and buildings in Hart County. Even if it is raining, you can still enjoy a day of adventure finding the quilt blocks.

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  • Horse Cave Stories Cell Phone Tour

    Check out Horse Cave’s award-winning cell phone walking tour that showcases the history and culture of the tiny town built on top of a cave. The tour is linked to horsecavestories.com that is full of stories about tobacco farming, cave wars, Harlem Globetrotters, the Kentucky Repertory Theatre, the town’s narrow streets, feuds and much more.

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  • Old Munfordville Walking Tour

    Munfordville abounds with history and it is clearly evident in the many architectural structures that still remain from the 19th century. The Old Munfordville Walking Tour is made up of historical buildings and sites that were either occupied during the Civil War or have a special place in the establishment of Munfordville.

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  • Battle for The Bridge Preserve

    Learn about the Battle and Siege of Munfordville, the Battle of Rowletts Station and the Skirmish of Woodsonville, three of the Civil War’s significant events at the Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve.

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  • Hart County Historical Museum

    The historic Chapline Building in downtown Munfordville houses the Hart County Historical Society’s extensive collection of historic objects, images, books, maps and papers relating to the history of Hart County.

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  • Kentucky Stonehenge

    This bit of ancient society is a (not-to-scale) replica of the English landmark created by a Munfordville resident who used native rocks. Free.

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