Lebanon, the Heart of Kentucky, the geographic center of the state and a land of rolling bluegrass hills and rangy knob lands. Settled in 1789, it is also a center of Kentucky history, found in such places as the Holy Cross Church, which dates back to 1823, and the Loretto Motherhouse, dating back to 1812. Marion County is also home to Maker's Mark Distillery, a National Historic Landmark that continues to produce the world-famous Maker's Mark Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.
In 2012, a new distillery, Limestone Branch, opened in Lebanon, offering legal moonshine to the public. And the Kentucky Cooperage marked its 100th anniversary of forging the world's best bourbon barrels in 2012.
The region also boasts incredible Civil War history, a perfect free-time schedule addition during the ongoing Civil War Sesquicentennial.