Barbourville is the home of many historic locations. A few miles out of town, the first house built in Kentucky was erected in 1750. The first Civil War battle in Kentucky was fought in Barbourville. The area's history comes alive at the Knox Historical Museum. A pioneer community may be visited at KCEOC. Opportunities to purchase local crafts abound.
Barbourville is wealthy in parks, but the Barbourville Recreational Park, which features the Brickyard Waves Waterpark, is the pride of the city. In winter, the waterfront glows with brilliant colors as Christmas figures sparkle over the reflecting water.
Festivals take place in all seasons. Civil War battle staging, the Daniel Boone Festival, and Christmas parade make Barbourville a place visitors will want to visit often.