The star attraction of Rockcastle County is without a doubt, Renfro Valley, “Kentucky’s Country Music Capital” since 1939. Music still rings the rafters
of the Old Barn theater as it celebrates its 75th anniversary! Weekly shows featuring country, bluegrass, gospel and comedy along with headliner concerts and festivals. It’s hard to put into words what has kept people coming to Renfro Valley for over 70 years. Whatever it is, once you experience it, you’ll want to come back and bring someone with you, so they can experience it too! Open March through December.
Contact: 800-765-7464 or 606-256-2638
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum honors performers, songwriters, broadcasters, comedians and many other Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the music industry. The museum highlights all types of music ranging from the country style of Loretta Lynn to the melodious voice of Rosemary Clooney. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm and on Sunday from 9am-2pm.
Historic BitterSweet Cabin Village
Named not only because of the bittersweet plant that grows wild in Rockcastle County, but also as a reminder that the olden days were “bitter” with many hardships, but “sweet” with the simplicity that you don’t find in today’s world. These cabins were moved to Renfro Valley in hopes of preserving the Appalachian heritage. They exhibit artifacts dating from the 1700’s to the 1940’s. As you stroll through the village you’ll find many displays telling the story of the blacksmith, broom maker, wood wright, general store and much more. There’s even an old fashioned outhouse, for display only! One cabin houses the gift shop filled with the reasonably priced hand made crafts of local artisans. Located on I-75, exit 62, within walking distance of the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center. Open year round, hours vary.
Contact: 800-252-6685 or 606-256-0715
Brush Arbor Village
Step back in time in this authentically restored pioneer village, one mile behind Renfro Valley on Hummell Road. The serene, rustic grounds can be reserved for special events, weddings, reunions or senior pictures as well as an overnight stay in a cabin. Tours of the grounds are also available and there is a gift shop and cafe with Baxter’s Coffee, muffins, soups and sandwiches.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Enjoy live music and dancing every Friday & Saturday night from 8:00-12:00. I-75, exit 62, US 25 N, next to the Shell Station.
Hall rental available for events.
Sinking Valley Winery
Enjoy a wine tasting or stop in to just purchase fine wines (must be 21 years of age or older) made near Rockcastle County. 6515 Highway 461. No minimum number required for tasting. Group/tours welcome with 30 minute prior notice. Beef jerky and other specialty items, such as Kentucky made cheese, are also available. Approximately 13 minutes from Renfro Valley. During summer months fresh produce (Peach City) is also available at this location.
Open Monday – Saturday 10:00-6:00.