About Us


SPALDING HALL (circa 1826) first served as St. Joseph College and Seminary, then as a hospital for both North and South during the Civil War. The Sisters of Charity ran an orphanage for boys around the turn of the century. Finally the Xaverian Brothers established St. Joe Preparatory School (1911-1968). Presently the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and the Bardstown Historical Museum occupy the main floor of Spalding Hall. (We are handicapped accessible, with elevator access available.)


Oscar Getz Museum

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History displays a 50 year collection of rare artifacts and documents concerning the American whiskey industry dating from pre-Colonial days to post-Prohibition years. The museum includes exhibits on President Washington, Abraham Lincoln, authentic moonshine stills, antique bottles and jugs, medicinal whiskey bottles, unique advertising art, novelty whiskey containers, and much more. [photos]

Bardstown Historical MuseumThe Bardstown Historical Museum contains items relating to 200 years of area history. You will find indian relics, Lincoln documents, pioneer papers, John Fitch land grant, a replica of his first steamboat, Stephen Foster memorabilla, a new Trappist monks' exhibit, gifts of Louis Phillippe and Charles X of France, Civil War artifacts and guerrilla Jesse James hat and wine bottle, St. Joe Preparatory School momentos and much more. [photos]
Recently added was a lifelong collection of American Silver dating from 1860-1990 donated by David Skellenger. [view Silver Collection photos]


Items for Sale/Purchase
Antique liquor and memorabilia are for sale at the Museum. We also purchase artifacts for the museum at times. To inquire about sale items or to request purchase of an item you may have, contact us at (502) 348-2999 or email us at whiskeymuseum@bardstowncable.net.