Attractions in Danville, KY
Amongst the other various things to do, Danville features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Danville and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
The long-standing Boyle County Public Library building on West Broadway in Danville underwent an $8.5 million renovation and expansion project that was completed in 2010. “We had become cramped to the gills, so this expansion and renovation was certainly needed,” says Karl Benson, director of the Boyle County Public Library. “Operating space has gone from 17,000 square feet to 44,000 square feet, including tripling the size of our children’s library.”
For former history teacher Randal House, the Perryville Battlefield has a special significance beyond its usual fame. Two members of his family faced off at the 1862 Battle of Perryville – the largest and bloodiest Civil War battle fought on Kentucky soil. Civil War Heritage
Creative minds thrive in Danville-Boyle County, as the area is home to various cultural opportunities. History buffs can get their fix, artists can find their inspiration and festival fanatics can stay occupied – all in Danville.
With a year-round schedule of productions, a vibrant children’s series and a growing downtown presence, the West T. Hill Community Theatre has come a long way from its one-room beginnings in 1980. Theatre Beginnings Karen Logue, the theater’s managing director, was part of the gathering that formed the group three decades ago. “A meeting was held at Danville City Hall by Mr. Hill and others who wanted to start a theater,” she recalls.
Forget all the clichés you’ve heard about small towns as cultural backwaters. Danville is a fountain overflowing with the arts‚ thanks to the presence of one of the premier performance venues in the state. Norton Center Arts
Joan House knows there is no way of predicting this far out, but she estimates that 12,000-13,000 people will be in attendance each day at the 150th anniversary of the Battlefield of Perryville. The Civil War re-enactment is set to occur Oct. 6-7, 2012, at the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, and among the 12,000-13,000 attendees are expected to be 3,000-4,000 re-enactors.
Hundreds of re-enactors travel to Perryville each October to stage the Battle of Perryville, which originally took place in 1862. The fierce fighting killed or wounded 7,500 Union and Confederate soldiers, and the 2008 re-enactment will be the 146th anniversary. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site hosts the event each year, and a museum and several monuments are also located on its grounds. The site averages around 100,000 visitors throughout the year.
A 25th anniversary is something to blow your horn about – especially if it’s the 25th anniversary of a giant brass band extravaganza. Events Of the many arts and cultural events and activities Danville offers, the annual Great American Brass Band Festival is one of the most beloved, bringing some 40,000 fans to town each year in June for music, food, fireworks, a hot air balloon race and other fun. In 2013, 13 bands and five solo artists played everything from ragtime to marching music.
More than 51 million people focused their eyes on Danville on Oct. 11, 2012, as Centre College hosted the internationally televised vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. It was the second time Centre College had hosted such a high-profile debate, having hosted the vice presidential debate in 2000.
A night on the town? Check. Day exploring the arts? Got it. A quick bite with friends, or maybe a distillery tour? Yep. With so much to do in and around Danville these days, small wonder that it and Boyle County are becoming the region’s entertainment mecca.