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The Town that Time forgot. Main Street is an impressive medley of quaint 19th and 20th Century architecture. The courthouse and downtown storefronts evoke images of times gone by. On Carlisle’s quiet, gentle streets reside an enchanting collection of both historic homes and churches. Through The Carlisle Files, you'll see what small towns used to look like, and how we still do.

The Carlisle Files: A Preview
Forest Retreat Bed and Breakfast
A July Saturday
The Kentucky Doll and Toy Museum
Hometown Teams: A Smithsonian Exhibit

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Neal Welcome Center

A historical building that has been converted into a welcome center, museum, concert, and events venue.

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Forest Retreat

A bed and breakfast with a rich history touching everything from Kentucky governors to derby winners.

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Daniel Boone's Cabin

The last standing Daniel Boone Cabin in Kentucky can be found here in Nicholas County.

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Abners Mill Free Chapel

A pristine and prime example of frontier craftmanship.

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Jailer's House

One hundred years ago it was the local dungeon. Today it is the home of fine dining and AirBnBs.

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Carlisle Passenger Depot

Now an event space, the depot was once a focal point for Kentucky travelers.

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Hildreth One Room School House

Get to know the over 100 year old school used in the filming of Huckleberry Finn.

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Kentucky Doll & Toy Museum

A collection of over 300 historic pieces await.

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Gallery Z

A delightful gallery exhbiting and selling works by local artisans.

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911 Memorial

A lifesize replica fire station built as a memorial to 9/11.

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Nicholas County Courthouse

A landmark in Nicholas County that defines the downtown area.

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Clay Wildlife Management Areas

Enjoy activities like Canoeing/Kayaking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and rustic camping.

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Lake Carnico

Canoe, kayak, fish, swim on this 150 acre lake. One of the cleanest in Kentucky.

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Lake Carnico Golf Course

Beautiful, 9 hole lakeside golfing with carts.

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County Parks

Nicholas County maintains three gorgeous parks for its citizens and visitors.

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North-Central 4H Center

An extensive camp area with two lakes, a number of cabins, dining hall, and other facilities.

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