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Scottsville (Kentucky)

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Scottsville (Kentucky)

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Scottsville, the county seat of Allen County, features hunting, fishing, antique shopping and a gracious countryside in Kentucky's Caves and Lakes region.


The area code is 270. The zip code is 42164.

  • Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce, 102 Public Square, +1 270 237-4782. Fax: +1 270 237-5498, [2]

Get in[edit]

Scottsville is located 20 miles southeast of Bowling Green on US 231.

Get around[edit]

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Historic Sites[edit]

  • Allen County Historical Museum, 301 N. Fourth St., +1 270 622-5382, [3]. Built in the early 1900s the museum houses many interesting items from the past including civil war memorabilia and an abundance of genealogical references. Visits are arranged by appointment only.
  • Public Spring, Locust St., one block from KY 100 South. Scottsville became the county seat of Allen County because of the spring. It was not only the source of fresh water for the area but the hub of commerce. The spring also provides a seasonal supply of fresh water cress, an early spring salad green.
  • The Tabernacle, KY 100 East. The Tabernacle was built in 1897 and seat of early revivals and gospel singing held in Allen County. The early days of the old Tabernacle with its sawdust floors and handheld fans formed the foundation for Allen County deep gospel roots. The Allen County Singing Convention is held at The Tabernacle in September.

Mennonite Community[edit]

Travel back to the turn of the century by visiting the Mennonite Community located between KY 100 and 585 and KY 1332. These Mennonites belong to the Noah Hoover Mennonites [4]. Calling themselves the "plain people", they lead a simple life with no electricity or gas-powered machinery. See molasses made the old-fashioned way in the fall; shop for fine fresh produce in the summer; and purchase handmade leather items. Specific location maps are available at the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce [5].

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  • Basketball Tournaments
  • Passion Plays (Easter and following weekend)


  • 23rd Annual Southern Kentucky Horse Drawn Machinery Auction, [6].
  • Barren River Lake-Bailey's Point Campground opens
  • Allen County Saddle Club Horse Show
  • Jacksonian Days 2007, [7].


  • Barren River Lake Memorial Day Activities
  • Allen County Saddle Club Horse Show


  • Scottsville Country Club-Men's Invitational
  • Allen County Saddle Club Horse Show


  • Barren River Lake July 4 Weekend Activities
  • Allen County Fair
  • Baseball Tournaments
  • Softball Tournaments
  • Allen County Saddle Club Horse Show


  • Baseball Tournaments
  • Softball Tournaments
  • Art Guild Show and Sale
  • Allen County Saddle Club Horse Show


  • Barren River Lake Labor Day Weekend Activities
  • Countywide Fish Fries
  • Lakeshore Cleanup
  • Allen Co Singing Convention (Tabernacle)
  • Allen County Saddle Club Horse Show


  • 2007 Kentucky State Gospel Singing Convention
  • Fall Rural Heritage
  • Arts-on-Main Live Presentation
  • Allen County Saddle Club Horse Show


  • League of Arts and Craftsmen Show and Sale
  • Farm-City Week Activities


  • Lady Invitational of the South Basketball Tournament
  • New Year's Eve Gospel Singing


  • Scottsville Country Club, 51 John Kelly Dr., +1 270 237-3662. Nine hole, par 35, 5235 yard semiprivate golf course. The course is open year-around 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Central Time. Green fees are applicable.


  • Barren River Lake State Resort Park Allen County offers top-notch outdoor recreation along its 50 miles of shoreline at Barren River Lake. Beautiful scenery and high rated camping awaits you. Trophy deer, wild turkey and excellent fishing await the sportsman. The Kentucky State Record Hybrid Bass (20 lbs. 8 ozs.) was taken right here in Barren River Lake.


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Colonial House, 1630 Bowling Green Rd., +1 270 237-6161.
  • Dorothy's Diner, 360 Gallatin Rd., +1 270 237-5814.
  • Harper's Catfish, 3085 Gallatin Rd., +1 270 622-7557.
  • Long John Silvers, 1707 Gallatin Rd., +1 270 237-5343 [8].
  • Los Mariachis, 510 E. Main St., +1 270 237-4341.
  • Martha Jo's Restaurant, 360 S. Court St., +1 270 237-4434.
  • Smoke Shack BBQ, 100 Holt Dr., +1 270 237-5629.
  • Sonic Drive-in, 352 Gallatin Rd., +1 270 237-4660 [9].
  • Tabatha's Country Inn, 801 E. Main St., +1 270 237-5199.
  • Tellie's Cafe, 103 E. Cherry St., +1 270 237-3032.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Allen County is a dry county.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Barren River State Resort Park, 1149 State Park Rd., Lucas, +1 270 646-2151 or +1 800 325-0057.
  • Executive Inn, 57 Burnley Rd., +1 270 622-7770.
  • Harstons Hideaways, 13020 Scottsville Rd., Lucas, +1 270 622-4925.
  • Uptown Motel, 205 South Court St., +1 270 237-3103.

Get out[edit]

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