Enjoy a visit to one of the nation's most notable monasteries.
The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani is a monastery near Bardstown, Kentucky, in Nelson County, a part of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, better known as the Trappists. Founded on 21 December 1848 and raised to an abbey in 1851, Gethsemani is considered to be the motherhouse of all Trappist and Trappistine monasteries in the United States of America. Gethsemani is the oldest monastery in the United States that is still operating.
Following the Rule of Saint Benedict, the Trappist monks live a contemplative life of faithful prayer and work. The monastery is situated on a working farm of 2,000 acres, and the monks support themselves and the abbey through its store, Gethsemani Farms, offering handmade fruitcake, and bourbon fudge.
Gethsemani was the home of Trappist monk, social activist and author Thomas Merton from 1941 until his death in 1968.