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We have six overnight rooms available. Each of the six rooms are named after someone famous, or infamous, who has visited the Tavern. All rooms are furnished in period antiques and include modern luxuries such as private bath, cable TV, refrigerator, coffee maker, telephone and data port. Wifi available. During the weekend the Talbott Tavern becomes a spirited place with live entertainment in the world’s oldest bourbon bar until 1:00 am. No pets allowed, unless they are an license  service animal. We also have The Talbott Inn next door, with 15 rooms.

  • Must check in during business hours. Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 11:00am-10:00 pm Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm.
  • Check in : Every effort is made to have the room ready by 4:00pm. Check out is 11:00 am.
  • Full Breakfast from 8:00am -10:00am.
  • For additional pictures, room rates and history of each room, please click on the room names below.

If you are in town for the Bourbon Festival please stop by for some good food and refreshments in our dining rooms and The Bourbon Bar.

*Prices and times are subject to change during special events.


The Lincoln Suite #1

Suite with sitting room, bedroom and bath. Bedroom features Antique Lincoln Bed (full size), Walk in shower.

 Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) was born in a meager, one room cabin about 20 miles south of Bardstown in Hodgenville, Kentucky. It had a dirt floor, one window, and a stick clay chimney. Lincoln’s father, Tom, had paid $200 for the cabin and 300 acres of discouraging land. It wasn’t much, but it was a home and the young family’s only chance for a decent life. After four years of fighting mosquitoes, heat and hardscrabble land, the Lincolns had to pack up and leave. There was a defect in the title. A trial was held at the Courthouse in Bardstown around 1812. The family stayed here at the Tavern. Abraham was quoted as being clad in a “one-piece long linsey shirt.”

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The General’s Quarters #2

Room has two Antique twin beds. Walk in shower.

 The General’s Quarters is named for two well-known Generals who sought lodging here at the Old Talbott Tavern. General George Rogers Clark’s (1752 – 1818) contributions to the success of the American Revolution were second perhaps only to Washington’s. Clark stayed at the Talbott Tavern and still has a bill that was never paid. Suit was filed to collect it.

General George S. Patton’s (1885 – 1945) ambition as a boy was to be a general, a hero and a warrior. History has proven that he succeeded magnificently at all three. While Commander at Fort Knox, Kentucky, General Patton was a visitor and stayed at the Talbott Tavern. He is considered by many as the greatest military commander in U.S. history.

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The Jesse James #3

Room has Antique Full-size Bed. Private bathroom, with shower and tub.

Jesse Woodson James (1847 – 1882) Was a daring outlaw from Missouri. He became a legend in his own lifetime by committing crimes supposedly out of revenge for the poor treatment he, his family and other Southern sympathizers received from Union soldiers during the Civil War. Legend tells us that the bullet holes were left behind by Jesse James. Related to Donnie Pence, sheriff of Nelson County, it’s reported that he had too many drinks in the Pub one evening the went upstairs to sleep it off. He “saw” birds moving in the murals and shot at them, leaving behind the bullet holes we see today.

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The Anton Heinrich #4

Please note: Friday and Saturday nights the music in the Bar  is very loud in this room. The band quits at 12:30-1:00am

Room has a Queen size bed. Private bathroom, with shower and tub.

 Anton Philip Heinrich (1781 – 1861) was a concert violinist of Bohemia. In about 1817, having lost his fortune to misadventure and his wife to illness, he settled in a log cabin outside Bardstown. Here, in 1818, at the request of some ladies, he made his first musical composition. Heinrich set to music an ode How Sleep the Brave for a memorial in honor of the Bardstown Company lost in the Battle of the River Raisin, near Detroit. This composition was played for the first time in a small concert held at the Talbott Tavern. He spent the next several years composing the Dawning of Music in Kentucky. Shortly before his death, Heinrich chaired the group that formed the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. On a trip to Europe, he was acclaimed “America’s Beethoven.”

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The Daniel Boone #5

Please note: Friday and Saturday nights the music in the Bar  is very loud in this room. The band quits at 12:30-1:00am

Room has an Antique Queen size bed. Private bathroom, with shower and tub.

 Daniel Boone (1734 – 1820) was often a visitor to Bardstown. One visit documents Boone giving his deposition here at the Tavern in 1792. The land case involved his friend, Captain James Harrod. The Tavern was used because the courthouse was under construction. It has been written that Boone did as much as any man, if not more, to open the vast territory beyond the Appalachians to American settlement.

 

 

 

 

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The Washington Irving Suite #6

Please note: Friday and Saturday nights the music in the Bar  is very loud in this room. The band quits at 12:30-1:00am

Suite with sitting room, bedroom and bath. Bedroom features Antique Queen size bed. Bath has Shower and whirlpool tub for two.

Washington Irving (1783 – 1859) earned his reputation as a major author by creating the short story. Just inside our lobby door is the actual spot where, in 1802, “the kiss was stolen” – immortalized in Irving’s short story The Early Experiences of Ralph Ringwood. Irving had a way of combining folklore with romanticism in his literary works. He also wrote Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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