Danville, “The City of Firsts," was the location of the first Courthouse in Kentucky (1785), the first U.S. Post Office west of the Alleghenies (1792), the first Capital of Kentucky (1785), and the first Political Club in the West (1786). In 1809, Danville's own Dr. Ephraim McDowell became the first physician in the world to successfully remove an ovarian tumor. His patient was Mrs. Jane Todd Crawford.
Danville was also the location of the first college in the West (1783) and the first law school in the West (1799). The first state-supported School for the Deaf opened in Danville in 1823. Among the “firsts” in Danville was the development of education for blacks. Danville was the site of the first black home school in Boyle County. The school was taught by Willis Russell, a teacher listed in the 1850 census. The first kindergarten for blacks was established by the City Federation of Women's Clubs. In 1881, John W. Bate established Danville's first public school for blacks.
Danville is called the “Birthplace of the Bluegrass” since the first Constitutional Convention in the West was held at Constitution Square in 1792 when Kentucky's first Constitution was signed.
Today, the City of Danville, which is the county seat of Boyle County , is a thriving community of 16,292 on the southern edge of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Region. The City is blessed with an abundant water supply, highly efficient roads and infrastructure, and a well-educated workforce.
Danville, which is located 35 miles southwest of Lexington, covers an area of approximately 15.09 square miles.
Distance from Major Airports
Danville/Boyle County Airport is 5 miles from Danville
Bluegrass Airport is 36 miles from Danville
Louisville International Airport is 79 miles away from Danville
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Great American Dollhouse Museum
Located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, 45 minutes south of Lexington, The Great American Dollhouse Museum is a regular destination for travelers from Louisville, Cincinnati, and many other regional cities and towns as well as surrounding states.
Community Arts Center
The Community Arts Center, located in historic downtown Danville, is the hub for artist activity in our city, county and region! The Arts Center enriches the community by nurturing the arts, fostering creativity and promoting education. Throughout the building and throughout Danville-Boyle County, the Arts Center presents ever-changing regional art exhibits and diverse arts education programming from ballroom dance to instrumental and vocal music, from drama to painting and drawing, and more!
Kentucky Wine Tours
Kentucky Wine Tours, LLC offers a private charter and tour service in addition to our scheduled tours. We can provide top quality service at an affordable price to any point of interest in Kentucky. Please call or email to obtain pricing and scheduling options.
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Founded in 1950 by Col. Eben C. Henson, Pioneer Playhouse is the oldest outdoor theatre in Kentucky and has been called the “Granddaddy” of Kentucky Outdoor Dramas. The Playhouse was also instrumental in pioneering the outdoor theatre movement in the state.
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