Nazareth is in Nelson county, about one mile north of Bardstown. The site became the home of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1822, founded in 1812 at Saint Thomas, south of Bardstown. Nazareth was also a station on the Louisville and Bardstown Railroad.
A Nazareth post office operated briefly in 1863 and reopened in 1888.
The sisters opened Nazareth Academy, later known as Nazareth College, in 1814 in Saint Thomas and moved to Nazareth in 1822. They opened another Nazareth College in Louisville in 1920 and both were later renamed Spalding College, named for Mother Catherine Spalding, first superior of the sisters. The Nazareth location closed in 1971 and the Louisville college was renamed Spalding University in 1984.
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