First known as Crow's Station, Danville was founded in 1784 and officially established on December 4, 1787.
Named after Walker Daniel, Kentucky's first district attorney, who surveyed and platted the town,
Danville is known as the
"City of Firsts":
- The first Kentucky constitution was written and signed here and the town is sometimes called the
"birthplace of Kentucky".
- Danville was the first capital of Kentucky.
- The first courthouse in Kentucky was located here.
- It had the first U.S. post office west of the Allegheny Mountains.
- The first state-supported school for the deaf was erected here.
In October 2000 and October 2012, the local college, Center College, hosted the Vice Presidential debates.
Downtown Danville has several great shops, restaurants and bakeries.
Shops include Maple Tree Gallery, Carol's Bridal & Gifts, The Gift Shop at Constitution Square A&L Assessories and many more.
Restaurants and bakeries include Jane Barleycorn’s Market & Bar, Bluegrass Pizza & Pub, The Beer Engine, Burke's Bakery, The Hub Coffee House & Cafe, Tut's Restaurant, Grace Café and Bluegrass & Buttercream.
Other Danville restaurants include Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Summer Hokkaido, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and more.
Nearby attractions are Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts, The Community Arts Center, The Pioneer Playhouse, Wilderness Trail Distillery, Constitution Square Historic Site, etc.
Attractions further afield, but within short driving distance, are Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Perryville Battlefield State Park, Old Fort Harrod State Park, various bourbon trails and wine tours, Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and more.
Farm Fresh! From early spring and into fall, the Boyle County Farmer Market is located at the Danville High School, 203 E. Lexington Ave., and it is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Easy accessible from US Routes 27, 127 and 150, Danville is 45 minutes’ drive southwest of Lexington airport and Keeneland Race Course and 90 minutes’ drive from Louisville airport and Churchill Downs Race Course.