The City of Horse Cave
P.O. Box 326
Horse Cave, KY 42749
Phone: (270) 786-2680
Fax: (270) 786-2688

City Of Horse Cave 

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Sims Art Studio

Get a group of friends together to enjoy a fun filled night painting a cup of coffee, latte or hot chocolate.
Painting party Thursday, November 21st from 6-8. Cost is $30 and includes all materials and instruction. Message us or call 270-218-1067 to reserve your spot.


We still have 4 more sessions with our Fall Art Workshops. 

November 15-16 and 22nd-23rd.

  • Friday Schedule Sessions will be Elementary 4-5. Middle School and High School sessions will be 5:30-6:30pm.
  • Saturday Schedule Sessions will be Elementary 1-2. Middle School and High School sessions will be from 2:30-4pm.

These workshops are for special needs students and are made possible through Arts for All KY, formerly known as VSA Kentucky. Workshop sessions will take place at Sims Studios and Art Shop at 112 E. Main St. 

for more information.


November 14, 2019
Cafeteria, Hart County High School

Information Booths Open at 5:30 p.m.      
Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Representatives from local, regional, and state organizations will be available to share information about addiction recovery treatments and resources. 

Includes FREE Chili Dinner and Giveaways
Special Door Prizes: IPad, $50 & $100 VISA Cards and More!

For more information, call:  270-524-2892 or 270-218-2009
Congratulations to Mayor Curry for
receiving the BRADD William H. 
Natcher Award!

The William H. Natcher Award is to recognize and honor distinguished service in government and the veteran United States Congressman who said, "Let's do it the right way".

            FARMER’S MARKET

Starting June 12, 2019 the Farmer’s Market will be at Maple Street Park in Horse Cave from 7:30 a.m. until they sell out. This will go on every Wednesday. We hope you come out and support our local farmers.

Thank you.

                                        HART COUNTY SOLID WASTE

              Hart County Solid Waste now has Free Large Item Drop Off the 

                                      1st Saturday of each month from 

                                                      8:00am - 12:00 noon

Hart County Solid Waste

 There is a $2500 reward for any information that leads to the arrest or conviction of a person or persons responsible for the theft of the old chipper. If you have any information please contact the Hart County Sheriff’s Office at (270)524-2341

Thank you.


           Shop Local First

  Hometown Dollars can be used just like cash at any participating business. From restaurants to entertainment; from farm produce to automotive repair and supplies, retail stores and specialty shops....Hometown Dollars are truly a unique gift. These gift certificates would be great for company parties, employee incentives, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or just because...the possibilities are endless. Hometown Dollars Gift Certificates can be purchased at the following locations:

                               * Hart County Chamber of Commerce  119 East Union St., Munfordville

                               * Munfordville Welcome Center             113 Main St. , Munfordville

                               * Horse Cave City Hall                           121 Woodlawn St., Horse Cave

Each certificate may be redeemed for merchandise or services at full face value at any of the 40+ local participating businesses. This program is sponsored by the Hart County Chamber of Commerce. If you have any questions about this program or experience any problems in using the gift certificates, call : (270) 524-2892


Bicentennial T-shirts for

You can now purchase these t-shirts at the Hart County Historical Museum on 109 Main St. in Munfordville. Cost is $15 ea.

A Walk Through Time Antiques T-shirts for sale

You can purchase these t-shirts at the Antique store in Horse Cave. 

Cost for shirts are $15 ea. 

Needing something creative to do?

  Sims Studios and Arts Shops schedules painting parties for Adults and for Children that take the participants step by step through the creation of a selected image for each session. Groups can schedule their own sessions. Parties include; materials, instructions, and light snacks. Sims Studios and Art Shops is located at 112 East Main St. in Horse Cave. Call 270-218-1067 or 270-786-ARTS for more info and to reserve your spot! 

2 hours----Painting parties---Kids $25, Adults $30 

1 hour----Individual lessons---$25/hr

A Leaf In Time

  These wonderful books hold so much knowledge and history of Horse Cave. Our ancestors worked hard making a living and building a future for the generations to come and to honor them, this pictorial history was compiled and published by the Horse Cave Heritage Festival Book Committee and can be found and purchased at the Horse Cave City Hall. Please call 270-786-2680 with any questions you may have. 

Year In Review


Overall, this has been a good year.

We are most concerned with taking care of our citizens and our city while we continue to work on improving the appearance of the city.

Spring and Summer bring the mowing season, Fall the leaf pick up, and Winter clearing, salting and grading streets as well as helping out our citizens in detriment weather.

After several challenging years, I am very pleased with the current number of stores open on Water and East Main Street, attracting people to visit Downtown Horse Cave.

Street Paving was a priority last Fall, we were able to repair and pave several streets and roads. After funds became available, Kentucky Transportation District 4 resurfaced the road from Church Street to Short Cut Road.

Meadowview Drive, a private access road and drive, next to the Dollar General Store, was deeded from a private Estate to the City of Horse Cave. This important legal step finally allowed the City to spend public funds on the extensive repair and repaving of the now public road. With that, a source of numerous citizens’ complaints became a very valuable street leading to a very busy business.

Furthermore, we had some new housing construction this, and the City encourages more building activity, as employment opportunities continuously increase in the City of Horse Cave area.

During the past several years, we have been working on updating and completing the cemetery records for both the Main Street and Guthrie Street Municipal Cemeteries. This project was completed this year.

One of our highlights this year was the first “Community Easter Egg Hunt”, it was a huge success with a large crowd participating.

A great deal of excitement was created with movies being filmed in Horse Cave and the surrounding areas, a joint effort with the Southern Kentucky Film Commission.

From July 14th to August 18th, 2018, Horse Cave was proud to host in the Thomas House the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit “Hometown Teams”, for people to see what impact local teams have had on this community.

The economical boost Horse Cave & Hart County Tourism has experienced from the filming industry, Kentucky Down Under and the Hidden River Cave Museum helps everyone in our region.

Fire Department

The Horse Cave Volunteer Fire Department will have made a total of about 600 runs this year, mainly medical runs, structure fires, vehicle fires, grass fires, weather related incidents and mutual aid department assists. The Fire Department members will continue to engage in the required training and schooling for Certified Firefighters, keeping the City and its citizens as well as businesses safe and secure.

While serving the community is the Departments highest priority, they also maintain and repair the firehouse and the Fire Departments vehicles and equipment themselves, saving the City numerous dollars throughout the year.

Public Works

This Department continues to make our City look great. The crew is maintaining the right-of-ways in all directions of the City; manicuring shrubbery and landscaping around the City Park, the Thomas House and City Hall; opening and closing graves; maintaining the cemeteries and is carrying out many more duties, too numerous to report them all.

The Maintenance Team also does their own maintenance and repair based on the skills they have acquired over the years, thus saving the City many dollars.

Many improvements have been made to the Public Works building, all done by the employees of the City without outside help. During this year, the Maintenance Crew received a safety grant in the amount of $931.00 from The Kentucky League of Cities for safety equipment.

Their top priority is to take of the citizens’ and their needs, which they do with great pride.

Police Department

After some issues earlier this year, the Police Department is in the process of restructuring. The Department has full, complete Police powers and we are currently in the process of getting back to full manpower. More officers will be added this coming year. Currently, three full-time and two part-time officers are serving the City, with one officer at Caverna High School during the entire year as a Resource Officer. All officers are up to date on their training and certifications. The coming year will also bring more interaction, information, awareness and education for the public.

City Hall

Kenneth Russell retired as of December 1, 2018. His contributions to the City in more ways than one, will surely be missed. Going forward, Joy Bennett moved to Kenny’s position as City Clerk; Annette L. Brown remains City Treasurer, Assistant City Clerk, CFO and Human Resources Manager; Crystal James was added to the team in November. They are tasked with all operations and duties of the office and do a great job.

Goals for 2019

  1. Continue to promote more housing in the City and county wide. Surveys tell us that there is not enough affordable housing in the area for our citizens.
  2. Continue to support the growth in available jobs. As existing, local industries already announced, about 72 new jobs will be available in the very near future. We are blessed to have these industries in Horse Cave which continue to add to their investments and offer employment and opportunities to our young people to work and live locally in the City and County.
  3. Continue to seek grant to improve the City and the quality of life for our citizens.
  4. Continue to work with County, regional and State Leadership to get positive results for Horse Cave. I currently attend and will continue to attend all meetings in which Horse Cave is a stakeholder, to ensure that I will not miss an opportunity to further Horse Cave.
  5. Reapply for the Recreational Trails Program 80%/20% grant: $116,550.00 for a walking trail on the Owens Hotel property, extending to Smith and Willis Streets.
  6. Continue with local, State and Federal Officials to build the connector road to route trucks to the industrial sites safely and smoothly.
  7. Continue to support economic growth in Horse Cave.

Wishing everyone a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year. “People working together can and will make a difference”.


 City Clerk Ken Russell will retire after six and a half years of service to the City of Horse Cave. To show their appreciation for his years of service, the City will host  a reception on November 30th. Please join us at City Hall between the hours of 12-2 pm with light refreshments to congratulate Ken on his retirement.

2018-19 Kentucky Municipal Guide -Click HERE for a copy 

Updated 'Certificate of Interment Rights' Adopted 1/9/17

Updated Cemetery Regulations Adopted 1/9/17
The Horse Cave City Council adopted by resolution a new 'Certificate of Interment Rights' for the Horse Cave Municipal Cemeteries to provide more pertinent information to the purchaser of their interment rights within the Main Street and Guthrie Street cemeteries.  The Council also passed by resolution new updated regulations for both cemeteries.  Click HERE to download a copy of the new regulations.  

Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry Presents Historic Proclamation

On March 5, 2016 Mayor Randall Curry attended the WKU 1971 Final-Four Team Reunion Luncheon. He presented a proclamation from the city of Horse Cave, Kentucky declaring March 5, 2016 as “Clarence Glover Day”. Mr. Glover is a graduate of Caverna High School and was a starting-forward on that historic Western Kentucky University team.

In 1971 Houston hosted the NCAA Final-Four for their first time ever in the Astrodome. The teams were WKU, Villanova, Kansas, and UCLA. Attendance was over 35,000 people. On April 2, 2016 Houston will host the NCAA Final-Four again…this time in the NRG Stadium.

While watching the games being played in Houston on April 2, 2016 we can keep one thing in mind. The proclamation to Clarence Glover illustrates our city’s connection to the NCAA Final-Four in 1971 and 45 years later in 2016.

Additionally, Western Kentucky University remains the FIRST and ONLY team in NCAA Division I Final-Four history to have the (1) president of the university – Dero Downing, (2) athletic director – Ted Hornback, (3) entire full-time coaching staff – John Oldham, Buck Sydnor, & Jim Richards, and (4) the entire starting line-up – Jim Rose, Rex Bailey, Jim McDaniels, Jerry Dunn, & Clarence Glover - all from the same state-KENTUCKY.

WBKO highlights Sunset Dome 

in Hidden River Cave

February 5, 2016     Click on the link below to see the video



Click HERE to read the Master Plan created from a Flex-E Grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission which also funding the first mural project.  


Maple Avenue Park Project to be  completed after 10 years from  beginning in 2004. 

Click HERE to sponsor a tree

Click HERE to support the park project

City receives KU Tree Grant

City receives KLC Crumb Rubber Grant



On February 5, 2015 the Horse Cave Fire Dept presented it's new brush truck to the public at a ceremony held at their new Fire House at 1040 E. Main St.  

With the help of a USDA/RD grant, the old army surplus converted brush truck was retired and the new truck put in commission.  

Dart Container, Inc. is the largest employer in Hart County and also located in Horse Cave.  Caverna High School, Caverna Memorial Hospital, Hart County Heath Care, T. Marzetti, Sister Shubert, Kentucky Chrome Works, Southern States Cooperative, Geothermal Supply and Square Deal Lumber Company are all located at the southern end of the city along 31-W.  These existing industries, health care services, and schools are just a small part of what Horse Cave has to offer.  
The Horse Cave Fire Department moved to its new location at 1040 East Main Street in the spring of 2014.