City of Central City


Welcome to Central City, KY Located in Western Kentucky – midway between Louisville and Nashville –Central City offers easy access to visitors traveling by way of I-65, I-69, I-24 and a number of toll free parkway connections.  Once you arrive, you will find a friendly community anxious to show you what makes our city a very special place.

The city that The Everly Brothers call home, the county (Muhlenberg) made famous by John Prine’s “Paradise, the site of the annual International Thumbpickers Contest, the area that claims the boyhood home of Merle Travis, and the community that produced world renowned flutist Jim Walker are celebrated in the Muhlenberg Music Museum located in the Central City Tourism Commission office.

An annual Labor Day “Cruise In” weekend, an outdoor “Gospel Fest”, June’s “Rods n’ Ribs Festival” and the largest small town Christmas Parade along with our long tradition and history are more reasons to make it a point to come and visit with us.  Add to that the hunting, fishing and golfing opportunities abound and you will not run out of things to do.  With over 200 hotel rooms and over 20 restaurants in our city, we are more than prepared to show you the hospitality that makes the south famous.

Take the time to visit our website or become our friend on Facebook to learn of upcoming events and the first chance you get, stop and visit us.  You will find that Central City is a great place to visit.

Freddie Mayes

Executive Director

Contact Information

Central City Tourist and Convention Commission

200 N. 1st  St.  Central City, KY  42330

Ph:  270-754-9603 Fax:  270-754-9067



Museum Hours and Information

Housed within the Central City Tourism Office – 200 North First St.
Hours – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm M-F

*Weekend hours by request.  Must be made at least one week in advance.

Features the music and memorabilia of The Everly Brothers, Merle Travis, John Prine and Jim Walker.


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