Elizabethtown (aka E’town to the locals) is a charming and historic Kentucky city which was established back in 1793. The city is centrally located off I-65, just outside Louisville, where it is home to many attractions for day trippers. To learn about the history of Elizabethtown and Hardin County you can visit the Hardin County History Museum and the gracious Brown-Pusey House Museum. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of the historic downtown where you can admire the State Theatre Complex and drop by the Wicked Eyed Woman Public House for lunch or dinner. At the Elizabethtown Nature Park you can visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall to pay your respects to the men and women of the armed forces who bravely marched to war to protect your liberty. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Historic State Theatre Complex
© Historic State Theatre Complex
Affectionately known to the locals as The State, the historic State Theatre Complex originally opened its doors to the public in 1942 in downtown Elizabethtown. Almost exactly 40 years later The State closed down, much to the disappointment of the Elizabethtown community. In the 1990’s the community started a fundraising project which would see the historic old theatre re-open in 2009, fully restored to its original 1940’s Art-Deco splendor. Today you can visit The State to take a walk down memory lane as you watch a classic movie, thrill to a live theatre production or enjoy a concert or comedy show.
Historic State Theatre Complex, 209 W Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, Phone: 270-234-8258
2.Hardin County History Museum, Elizabethtown, KY
© Hardin County History Museum
Visitors are invited to come and tour the Hardin County History Museum to learn about the pioneer days in Hardin County. The museum was established in 2003 to collect, preserve and showcase a wealth of documents, memorabilia and artifacts which are displayed in several permanent and rotating exhibitions. Today visitors can step back in time to see how the original settlers lived their day to day live in remote wilderness areas of the Kentucky frontier, more than 200 years ago. You can learn about the James Hunt Morgan Raid in 1862, Abraham Lincoln’s ties to the county and the Civil War in Hardin County. Hardin County History Museum is free to visit and accessible to everyone.
Hardin County History Museum, 201 W Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, Phone: 270-763-8339
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3.Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Located in the Elizabethtown Nature Park, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is an 80% scale replica of the famous Veterans Wall in Washington DC. The wall was erected in 2018, close to the Hardin County Veterans Tribute monument. Visiting the Veterans Tribute monument and the Veterans Memorial Wall leaves one with a poignant reminder of the devastation of war. The Nature Park is a calm and serene place to visit and is an ideal location for visitors to reflect and pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who served in the armed forces and those who paid the ultimate price to safeguard their country.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, 1850 Rind Rd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
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4.Brown-Pusey House, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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Built in 1825, the Brown-Pusey House is a stately Georgian home which now houses a small museum and a genealogy library. For many years the house was used as a boarding establishment called Hill House and hosted many illustrious visitors including General Custer and his wife, the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind and General John Hunt Morgan of the Confederate Army. The house has been beautifully restored in 1923 and donated to the community. The house museum welcomes visitors from Tuesdays through Saturday for free guided tours of the house and its beautiful formal gardens. The public is also welcome to use the Genealogy Library to research their ancestry.
Brown-Pusey House, 128 N Main St, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, Phone: 270-765-2515
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5.Fly Wheel Brewing, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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Determined to bring first class artisanal brewing to Elizabethtown, Fly Wheel Brewing is owned and operated by a dedicated band of beer lovers. The idea behind the brewery is to offer Elizabethtown locals and visitors a relaxing atmosphere where they can relax and enjoy a great brew and even better company. The industrial-style taproom has a view of the brewing tanks and there is a small outdoor seating area. On tap you will find a selection of 16 house and guest brews including Belgian Ale, Porter, Hefeweizen, Ales, Stout and several IPA’s. Check their website to see which local food truck will be serving dinner.
Fly Wheel Brewing, 218 South Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
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6.Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Elizabethtown, KY
© Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame
Established in 2009 to recognize and protect the heritage of high school basketball in the Bluegrass State. Since then 112 former players and coaches have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. In Kentucky basketball is more than just a game – it is a way of life and visitors are encouraged to visit the KHSBHS to learn more about how high school basketball encourages a culture of hard work, team play and personal responsibility among the youth and their coaches. The Hall of Fame is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11.00am to 4pm. Famous Kentucky basketball inductees include “King” Kelly Coleman (1952-1956), Al Prewitt and Alfred Butch Beard.
Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, 212 W. Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, Phone: 270-234-8354
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7.The Wicked Eyed Woman Public House, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
© The Wicked Eyed Woman Public House
Located in an historic old building which is rumored to have been a house of ill repute back in the day, the Wicked Eyed Woman Public House welcomes visitors to come and enjoy a relaxed lunch or dinner in an historic setting. The interior of the restaurant has been lovingly restored to reveal the best of the old skeleton of the building without removing all traces of its antiquity, resulting in plenty of atmosphere. The menu brings traditional British Pub Fare, with a Southern twist, to Elizabethtown, using the finest seasonal produce, locally sourced wherever possible. Think classic fish and chips, delicious salads and burgers and plenty of mouth-watering surprises.
The Wicked Eyed Women, 133 W. Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown, KY 42701, Phone: 270-506-3210
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7 Best Things to Do in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
- Historic State Theatre Complex, Photo: Historic State Theatre Complex
- Hardin County History Museum, Elizabethtown, KY, Photo: Hardin County History Museum
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Photo: jokerpro/stock.adobe.com
- Brown-Pusey House, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Photo: Brown-Pusey House
- Fly Wheel Brewing, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Photo: Fly Wheel Brewing
- Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Elizabethtown, KY, Photo: Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame
- The Wicked Eyed Woman Public House, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Photo: The Wicked Eyed Woman Public House
- Cover Photo: City of Elizabethtown Government
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