A historic city that is always open to progress

Founded in 1792, Mount Sterling is a small, friendly city steeped in the history of early Kentucky. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and Bluegrass Region, many sites and buildings can be found on state and national historic registers. The city has a strong heritage with doors open to progress.

There is something for everyone in Mount Sterling. Whether it is a walk through the award-winning historic downtown or a visit to The Gateway Regional Arts Center that offers new art exhibits and daily performances. 

No one can pass up a tour to Ruth Hunt Candy Company. Check out a sampling of their famous bourbon balls and Blue Monday candy bars. Their store carries a wonderful selection of Kentucky gifts and souvenirs. 

For those more interested in the natural beauty of Mount Sterling, visitors can choose a day at Townsend Sorghum Mill, Two Sisters Pumpkin Patch or Hickory Springs of Montgomery Daylily Farm. A driving tour of the “Clothesline of Quilts” provides travelers with an enchanting journey along the beautiful back roads dotted with colorful quilt squares on highly visible barns.

Court Day is Kentucky’s oldest festival with visitors from all over the country. During the four day event, visitors partake in many different arts and crafts, music, and food. Each year, the festival is held the third Monday in October and the weekend prior.

Many new shops and restaurants have opened with the recent revitalization of the downtown district. The award winning new downtown park is a perfect place to take a “selfie” along with the delightful art installation and mural known as “Umbrella Alley”.  

Spend a day or two in Mount Sterling and find yourself in a place that is easy to get to, but hard to leave.