Berea College Visitor Center and Shoppe

  • Office Location:

    Berea College Visitor Center and Shoppe
    104 Main St
    Berea, KY 40403

    Store Phone:


    Store Hours:

    M.–Fri.:10:00 am–5:00 pm

    Sat.: 10:00 am–6:00 pm

    Sun.: Closed

    For Tours Call:



    M.–Fri.:10:00 am –1:00 pm

    Other times available. Call for availability or reservations.

    Web Contact:

    Susan Buckmaster

Directions to Berea College

The driving time from Louisville, Ky., Knoxville, Tenn., or Cincinnati, Ohio is slightly more than two hours.

If traveling north on I-75, then take exit 76 and turn  right to proceed east on KY-21. Proceed approximately one mile until you reach  campus.

If traveling south on I-75, then take exit 77 and turn  left to proceed southeastward on KY-595. At the second traffic light turn right  on Walnut Meadow Pike (KY-595) and continue past the Kentucky Artisan Center  for approximately two miles until you reach campus.

Berea College, founded in 1855, began when the area around it was only a village. As the College grew, the town grew and, in 1890, the community was incorporated.

The City of Berea has a current population of some 10,000, and, in 1988, was designated the “Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky.” The designation has its roots at the College, which long has been known for its tradition of producing and preserving the handcrafts of Southern Appalachia.

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