Historic Districts & Sites In Bowling Green, KY

Bowling Green is Geared for history! The city is fortunate to have eight areas placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a 2006 Dozen Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Composed of commercial, religious and governmental structures built between 1837 and 1940, the Downtown Commercial Historic District represents Bowling Green's historic business core. Four late nineteenth-early twentieth century residential neighborhoods are represented by the St. Joseph Historic District, Upper East Main Street Historic District, College Hill Historic Neighborhood District (walking tour brochures available) along with the Magnolia Street Historic District.

Another downtown historic district is the ShakeRag District, Bowling Green’s first National Register District recognized for its significance to African American history. Visit our ShakeRag page for details about this walking tour.

In addition to these districts, visitors learn of Bowling Green's rich heritage at the following attractions and sites.