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Region North Central Kentucky

Carlisle, the county seat of Nicholas County, lies in the Bluegrass area of Kentucky just 35 miles northeast of Lexington and an easy two-hour drive from Louisville. The general region is noted for its scenic beauty, history, horse farms and hospitality. Carlisle's picturesque rural character and rolling countryside are typical of the Bluegrass belt where winding roads lead past manicured farms, through wooded glades and small villages.

Carlisle is known for its collection of genealogy records and reservation only luncheon and teas held at the Jailer's Home or the Old Nicholas Jail on Main Street. Visit the Welcome Center for historical information or the Kentucky Doll and Toy Museum with over 300 pieces. The museum has limited hours but offers showings by appointment.

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