Walking and Driving Tour
Boyle County Courthouse
Perryville Battle Field
As a Centre parent, your trips to campus may be infrequent, but over four years, we bet you'll need to know the location of most of the sites you are about to see on this custom-tailored walking/driving tour. Perhaps if you visit them now, the first time you desperately need aspirin (perhaps for you, not your student), just the right kind of storage container to go under the dorm bed, or a great place to eat, you'll know where to head.
Within Walking Distance
Go to Main Street and head toward downtown
Speedway - On Main Street and Fifth, on the edge of campus, is the nearest gas station and convenience store. If you need gas or a quick snack, they are close!
Baskin Robbins/Papa Johns/Orange Leaf - Just past Speedway on Main Street, you'll find a quick fix for all of your pizza and sweets needs.
City Hall - On your left, as you continue down Main Street towards the downtown, is City Hall.
Danville Bike and Footwear - On your left, as you continue past City Hall, you will see Danville Bike and Footwear, which offers a selection of shoes, bicycles, swim and athletic apparel, and more.
Community Arts Center - On the corner of 4th and Main Street is the Federal Building. Recently restored, it houses the Community Arts Center, the hub for artist activity in Danville-Boyle County. The Center contains ever-changing regional art displays, diverse arts programming, and is home to a resident artist's working studio.
Courthouse - The Boyle County Courthouse is on the far left corner of Main & 4th St. Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank is on the far right corner.
Continue on down Main Street (still going east):
There are numerous stores along this stretch of Main between Fourth and Third Streets, including Carol's Bridal on the left, if you need nice gifts or a prom dress/tux. The Episcopal Church is on the right in the middle of the block. Farmers National Bank, one of the oldest local banks, is located at the corner of Main and Third. (They'll cash a student check for up to $100 as long as the student has a Centre ID.) On the other corner of Third and Main, are the Centre Bookstore and The Hub Coffeehouse and Cafe. Stop in and enjoy one of their many gourmet coffees while browsing in the bookstore. You can also purchase Centre merchandise in the bookstore.V Market, an upscale wine, & beer cheese shop, is on the corner of 4th & Walnut.
In the block between Third and Second Streets:
Danville Office Equipment has any office supplies you might need. There are several nice gift stores in this block, including Maple Tree Gallery, Thoroughbred Threads (which sells lots of Centre clothing), Karamel Kreations, and others. You might want to explore these two blocks of town. Also, check out Danville's newest eateries, Bluegrass Pizza & Pub and Cue. The Clothes Horse & Derby Shoppe on 3rd St. has fine clothing, behind Chase Bank. The Beer Engine, a local microbrewery, is located in the parking lot behind Chase Bank.
History and Bakery
At Second and Main:
The heart of historic Danville is the Constitution Square State Park, where Kentucky's first constitution was written. Just across the street from it is the Ephraim McDowell House, home of the pioneer surgeon Ephraim McDowell, who is considered the “Father of Abdominal Surgery,” and he was a founding trustee of Centre!
Across from Constitution Square, on Main Street, next to the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, is Burke's Bakery. Voted the best bakery in the state by Kentucky Monthly magazine, it has also been featured in Southern Living. It is open Monday - Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. You must try the butterflake rolls (and the donuts and cookies are wonderful as well).
Turn right on Second Street and then right onto Walnut Street:
As you pass through the first light at Walnut and Third Street, you'll see Danville's Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and several of its office buildings. It's a large and very progressive regional hospital, which can handle almost anything. An entire new wing has just been added.
At the second light, turn left onto Fourth Street:
Danville has very few one-way streets. However, Fourth Street (also called Hustonville Road) is one way heading toward the bypass, and Third Street is one way coming back into town from the bypass.
You are now heading out Fourth Street - Danville's “strip.” Points of interest along the way include:
A variety of restaurants, starting with Mermaids (located in Junior's General Store), and Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken at the point where the road becomes four-lane. Several restaurants line both sides of the road all the way to the bypass. The most popular one with students is Guadalajara (or “Guady's” as they call it), which now has three locations in Danville.
As you approach the bypass, you'll see lots of useful places, including many more restaurants. On the left is Danville Manor, which includes several clothing and shoe stores (including Goody's, JC Penney's, and Burke's Outlet), Cici's Pizza, O'Charley's, and others.
Wal-Mart and More
Now you've reached the grand intersection of the 127 bypass and 4th Street (Hustonville Road). If you go on through the light, you'll find Wal-Mart on the left (a mecca for our students, especially in the wee hours of the a.m.), King Buffet Chinese Restaurant, Guadalajara 2, and a few other chain restaurants. Lowe's and Office Depot are on the right, as well as Cracker Barrel and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
If you turn left on the 127 bypass, you'll find more restaurants, hotels, the roller skating rink (Finley's), and the weekend walk-in clinic.
If you turn right on the 127 bypass, you'll find several more strip malls, which include clothing stores, Hallmark, Kroger's, Danville's first Japanese Steakhouse Summer Hokkaido, Applebee's, Zaxby's, and Huddle House.
You might want to explore this area so that the next time you are here, and your student desperately needs a hammer and nails (I won't guess for what), you'll know where to go.
End of Driving Tour:
Stay on the bypass (heading north) until you get to Perryville Road (US 150/Main Street). If you turn left onto Perryville Road, you will find Big Lots and the new Pizza House of Danville on your left. On your right is the Danville Cinemas 8, which shows the latest releases and features stadium seating. In the same complex is the Danville Convention Center, Mallard's Restaurant, and Guadalajara 3. If you turn right onto Perryville Road at the Boyle County High School campus, you will head back into town over the railroad viaduct, (just before you get to the viaduct you'll see the entrance to Millennium Park, a city/county park where several Centre teams practice and play) and you'll end up at the edge of Centre's campus at Main and Maple.
Other Places To Explore
For Those Who Love Beautiful Architecture
Danville is known for its beautiful and varied older homes. If you want to see examples, the best areas of town are:
Maple Avenue - Maple Avenue intersects Main Street right at the main Centre campus sign (near the Horky admission office). Drive down Maple Avenue (which ends at the bypass) and you'll see many of our lovely old homes.
Lexington Avenue - Lexington Avenue runs parallel to Main Street, two blocks over. We suggest you go out Maple Avenue away from campus, and make the right onto Lexington Avenue at the first light. If you follow this all the way out of town, you'll see some very lovely homes (including the famous Rodes home at the corner of Third Street and Lexington - the home with the wrought iron fence - site of the filming of the movie “Raintree County,” which featured Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift). You'll also pass Lexington Avenue Baptist Church and the First Christian Church, Danville High School, and at the edge of town, BoKay florist, the Bowlarama bowling alley (they have a wonderful grill), and the Danville Country Club and golf course.
Broadway - Just one block over from Main, parallel to campus, you can head toward downtown on Main Street, make a left at Fifth Street, just on the edge of campus, and then make a right onto Broadway. The nicest homes run for about two blocks, and at Third Street, you'll find the newly renovated public library and across in the old 2nd Presbyterian Church, an antique store.
For more details, you can get a historic/walking tour from the Visitor's Bureau, located at the corner of Fourth Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Also available at the Visitor's Bureau is a Civil War Tour brochure, which includes sites in both Danville and Perryville, including Perryville Battlefield. Old Centre was used as a hospital by both sides during the war, as were many houses and buildings in this region.
Constitution Square and McDowell House - This state historic site is located in downtown Danville, at Main and Second Street. Constitution Square marks the birthplace of Kentucky's statehood, and the McDowell House is the home of the famous pioneer surgeon, Ephraim McDowell.
Perryville Battlefield - The Civil War Battle of Perryville took place in Perryville, KY, located about 10 miles from Danville on US 150 (head out Main Street away from campus and the downtown area). One of the bloodiest Civil War battles, the site in Perryville is also considered one of the most pristine major Civil War sites in the country. Even the downtown area, Merchants Row, remains much as it was at the time of the battle. Restoration efforts are presently underway which will make Perryville a nationally-recognized site. The Museum is open from 9-5, and there are numerous trails and monuments.
Old Fort Harrod State Park - Ten miles from Danville on US 127 is Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg. This is Kentucky's first permanent settlement and features a replica of the historic 1774 fort. The Mansion Museum houses Native American and Civil War artifacts.
Shaker Village - A National Historic Landmark, Shaker Village is America's finest, largest and most completely restored Shaker community and living history museum. It offers a tranquil setting with daily demonstrations of Shaker life, crafts, and dining. It is about a 20-30 minute drive out highway 68, which is Third Street. Go up Main to Third, and take a left at the light.
The Great American Dollhouse Museum - Located in a 1939 WPA historic building on 6th Street in Danville, the Great American Dollhouse Museum contains hundreds of buildings, large and small, of various periods in history. American history comes alive with a detailed, fully furnished, and authentic Colonial village, an Old West town, a Mexican village of the old Southwest, a Shaker settlement, a garment factory, a preparatory school, a New Orleans blues and jazz rehearsal, a boarding house and B&B, and other engaging historical scenes. The museum is full of activity with both a play and an educational center, as well as outdoor landscaped gardens.
Old Crow Inn And Chateau Du Vieux Corbeau Vineyard and Winery and Pottery - If you go down Main Street away from campus (east), on past the Constitution Square Park at Second Street, you'll see the Danville Post Office on the right and Melton's Deli (a good place to grab a sandwich) on the left, at the intersection of Main and Old Wilderness Road.
Take a right onto Old Wilderness Road and go through the first light. On the right, you'll see Bate Middle School.
Go through the next light (Old Wilderness and Alta Avenue), and just through the light on the left, is the entrance to Old Crow Inn, Kentucky's oldest stone manor house, which houses an art studio run by the Brousseau family, and includes a winery and vineyard.
Pioneer Playhouse - If you continue down Old Wilderness Road from Old Crow Inn, on the left you'll find Pioneer Playhouse, an outdoor dinner theatre and campground, now in its 62nd year of operation. Plays and dinner are featured each evening throughout the summer, and several famous actors (including Lee Majors and John Travolta) spent their summers there. Experience outdoor theatre in an authentic setting. See the Box Office from “Raintree County” and an authentic log cabin from Kris Kristofferson's 1995 movie “Pharaoh's Army.”
Old Bridge Golf Course - Nestled in next to Herrington Lake is Danville's finest 18-hole golf course. Experienced and novice players alike will enjoy playing this challenging course with its rolling terrain and water hazards on nine holes. Take a minute from play to breathe in the open countryside and scenic views of the lake. They have a pro shop, cart rental, driving range, practice putting green, grill and snack bar for your convenience. Take the afternoon off...and experience the best in Kentucky golf!
The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge - located 13 miles from Danville in the Parksville knob land and bordering a stretch of the beautiful North Rolling Fork, The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a 500-acre preserve. The refuge is open to all as a protected area for the enjoyment and study of nature in its many fascinating forms.
By now, you should be convinced that Danville truly is one of America's best “top-25” small towns!