Danville and the Region

Centre is in the heart of Danville, Kentucky, a charming and vibrant town that’s been singled out by Time magazine as one of ten successful small towns in America. And in 2001, Danville received a Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Offering the best of both city and small town life, Danville features striking local architecture and convenient access to the gorgeous countryside as well as major cities. It’s a town you can fall in love with. Of course, many Centre students will tell you they’ve done just that!

Danville is unusual in that it offers much of what you'd expect to find in a big city: Fortune 500 companies; a major medical complex; a variety of dining options from fast food to bistros to full service restaurants with bars. And with Centre's Norton Center for the Arts, Danville presents world-class entertainment, from Willie Nelson to My Fair Lady to the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

A Gracious Environment

Danville is located in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, known for its beautiful rolling hills and horse farms. The economic center of a five-county area, Danville offers the amenities of a big city without the traffic, smog, or safety issues. There are plenty of places to dine, shop, catch a play or movie, and participate in sports. If you’re more of an outdoor person, you'll discover many nearby locations to hike, camp, or picnic.

City of Firsts

Danville, “the City of Firsts,” is a premier historical destination. It had the first post office west of the Alleghenies, the first courthouse in Kentucky, and the first state school for the deaf in Kentucky. Grayson’s Tavern, where the first Kentucky state constitution was written in 1792, is within walking distance of the College in historic Constitution Square. Perryville, also in Boyle County, is the site of the most significant Civil War battle fought in Kentucky. It’s an important (and frequently used) resource for Centre students interested in historic preservation, archaeology, or the Civil War. And Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest historic community of its kind in America, is a world-class tourist destination.

Recreational options abound. For the equestrians, there are riding stables for every level of ability. Golfers too will find an embarrassment of riches. Bright Leaf and Old Bridge are good nearby local courses. Those who prefer even more of a challenge will take a 25-minute drive to the Pete Dye-designed Peninsula Golf Resort. Herrington Lake, at 35 miles long and a capacity of 175 billion gallons, is the local focus for boating and water sports.

A Strong Sense of Community

Centre and the community enjoy excellent “town/gown” relations. Many students get involved in local activities on a regular basis. Some take on clean-up projects in the area or tutor at the local schools. Others take part in the area's Big Brothers Big Sisters program or choose from a host of other volunteer activities.

Easy Access to City Life

If you yearn for a taste of the city life after classes, you have ready access to Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati, Knoxville, and Nashville.

Lexington, a 40-minute drive, offers numerous shopping and dining options, the Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland the Red Mile (horse racing), and the Lexington Legends (minor league baseball team). Rupp Arena hosts major concert tours, and the Dame on Main Street is a regular stop on the tours of hip, rising independent bands and roots musicians.

Louisville is a little more than an hour’s drive away. Perhaps best known for Kentucky Derby, held the first Saturday in May, this city of more than half a million residents offers the best aspects of a big city blended with considerable southern charm. Attractions include the internationally renowned Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Louisville Zoo, and riverboat cruises on the Ohio River. Like Lexington, Louisville has many big-name concerts as well as many smaller venues for up-and-coming acts. Home-grown indie bands have put Louisville on the map for its music scene as well.

Cincinnati is a two-hour drive. This city of around two million offers countless indoor and outdoor concerts, Paramount Kings Island, internationally known Cincinnati Zoo, museums, and professional sports teams (the Reds and Bengals).

Knoxville is about 2-1/2 hours from Centre's campus and has a population of more than 150,000. Home of University of Tennessee football, Knoxville is just an hour away from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Nashville is 3-1/2 hours from campus. The city known as the home of country music is one of the South’s most happening places with nearly half a million residents.


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