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A College campus like no other

Explore like you were Daniel Boone

College Square sits on the edge of the Daniel Boone Trace.  This Trace has historical significance as being the first road into Kentucky and a bridge to the West.  Daniel Boone was seen as bit radical for his time.  In 1855, Berea College was also seen as radical as being the first institution in the South to offer an education to all people, regardless of skin color or gender.  Daniel Boone confronted the wilderness while Berea College confronted the prejudices of the time.   We invite you to “Trace” the history of our College through a student-led tour then make your way through all the points of interest.
We hope you enjoy the adventure.
Student Led Tours

Immerse Yourself In Berea College's Vibrant History

With our College's rich and culturally diverse history, our student-led tour will guide you from our founding in 1855 to the present day.

Click the button below or call to check availability for our student-led tour.
If there isn't a guided tour available when it's convenient for you, we have a self-guided tour that you can take at your own pace. Stroll the beautiful, scenic campus and learn about our history along the way. Stop by the Berea College Visitor Center & Shoppe first to pick up a map of all the stops.

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Virtual Tours

Can't get to Berea? Virtual tours are available right here! Click the link below to be guided to a page filled with the same tour stops you would experience as if you were here. And be guided by a Berea College alum who spent three years of her time here as a tour guide. We'd rather be able to visit with you in person, but this is definitely the next best thing.

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Berea College Student Craft

Crafting the Future

The education of the hand has always been an essential part of life here at Berea College. Working individually and together as a team our students discover and enrich their artistic and problem solving potential, starting with the most basic raw materials and creating objects of utility, beauty, and expression. Through the Student Craft program we believe our students experience the full breadth of a traditional liberal arts education by nurturing the development of a complete thinker, while bringing the College’s guiding principles, The Eight Great Commitments, to life through their dedication to craft.

Tours of our Craft Industry are available daily Monday - Friday. Click below to check availability or call us to book a tour. All Berea College tours are free of charge.

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Berea College Forestry Outreach Center

Discover Berea College's Natural Beauty

The Forestry Outreach Center is the welcome center for our 9000-acre forest. Here, learn about the history of the Berea College forest, attend a Documentary Dialogue, go on a guided hike or maybe a bird walk. There is always something to do at the forest.

Located at 2047 Big Hill Rd, Berea, KY 40403

Join the staff of the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center to learn about the relationship of the college and the 9,000 acres of forest land it manages. The tour will include the Forestry Outreach Center display area and, for people who are interested, a short walk on a paved trail into the forest to experience its unique and diverse ecosystem.
Tour time is every Wednesday from 2:30-3:15.  Click the button below to schedule.

Center Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Monday – Closed

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Get Outside KY

Immerse Yourself in Nature

Love the water? Be sure to make time on your next visit to paddle our beautiful 150 acre Owsley Fork Lake, nestled in the beautiful hills of Kentucky (a quick 5 mile drive from the Boone Tavern Hotel). Get Outside Kentucky is an official partner of the Berea College Trace and offers affordable kayak rentals by the hour and can deliver the kayaks to the lake for you! They have everything you need for a relaxing or invigorating day on the water.

2428 Big Hill Rd, Berea, KY 40403

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Now offering Electric Bikes! E-Bikes have a top speed of 20mph and a 40 mile range. You can get around the entire city of Berea!

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The Berea College Planetarium and Digital Theater

Exploring the Universe

The Berea College Planetarium provides a high quality educational and entertainment experience that inspires curiosity and wonder about the natural world. With the completion of the Margarett A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building in August 2018, Berea College has a new planetarium with a digital projection dome. The new digital system is capable of projecting stars, planets, exoplanets and nebulae. Shows are open to the public again! Come explore the universe with us on Fridays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids & seniors, and Berea students get in free with ID.

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Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Experience Appalachia's Rich Culture

The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center is a great place to start your exploration into Appalachia. Learn where Appalachia is, how the locals say Apple-atcha, and celebrate the cultural diversity of the region. We have permanent exhibits as well as temporary exhibits. So, there’s always something new to see and learn.

205 N Main St, Berea, KY 40403

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Berea College Hutchins Library

Saint John's Bible

The Saint John’s Bible is a work of art and a work of theology. A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.

Berea College is privileged to be the permanent home to one of the 299 Heritage Editions of the St. John's Bible. One volume of the Bible is on display in the lobby of the Hutchins Library daily. The public is invited to come by and enjoy the words and beauty of this incredible Bible. The entire Bible (7 volumes) is housed in the Hutchins Library Special Collections and may be viewed by scheduling an appointment by clicking below. We look forward to this treasure being used and enjoyed by professors, staff, students, and the wider community.

Private showings of the St. John's Bible are available every Friday at 3:00pm. Click below to register or call 859-985-3193. Reservations must be made no later than noon the day of the showing to allow time for set up.

Berea College Library
Campus Dr, Berea, KY 40403
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Doris Ulmann Galleries

"Discoveries at the Doris"

Discover beloved artworks from the Berea College Art Collection and visiting artists at the Doris Ulmann Galleries through a guided conversation led by Ainsley Golden, BereaCorps Art Collection and Gallery Associate, focusing on one or a few artworks from the permanent collection. For April, the talk will center on Alexander Calder’s Sun, a tapestry made in 1974. Calder was a leading figure in the modernist art movement of the early and mid-twentieth century known for his kinetic sculptures and emphasis on simplified forms and design. The tapestry in our collection is a rare example of how Calder explored those ideas in fiber art and textiles.
“Discoveries” tours begin at 11:00 in the Dimitrie Berea Gallery on the second floor of the Rogers-Traylor Art Building on select Fridays during the academic year. These free, monthly events are open to all – students, campus community, and visitors! Participants are encouraged, but not required, to register in advance at or clicking the button below.
For additional information, or to schedule a group visit on days other than Fridays, please contact Ainsley Golden at or 859-985-3849.

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Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education

Promoting Social and Cultural Change

The Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education strives to foster communication around Berea College’s Great Commitment: To assert the kinship of all people and provide interracial education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among blacks and whites as a foundation for building community among all peoples of the earth. The center regularly hosts events that aim to foster a greater understanding of race, diversity, and inclusion such as True Racial Understanding through Honest Talks (T.R.U.T.H.) and an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

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Berea College Theater Laboratory

A Theater Experience Like No Other

The Theatre Laboratory supports a full season of plays each academic year, as well as individual student projects and original work.

Single/General Admission: $5.00

Multiple (up to 3 views) Family Admission: $10.00

You can reserve tickets here.

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The Woodworking School at Pine Croft

Keeping Traditions Alive

Berea College has re-opened the former Kelly Mehler School of Woodworking under the leadership of Andy Glenn as The Woodworking School at Pine Croft. Both Andy and Berea College are dedicated to preserving the fundamental character the school has been known for as we move the school into its next phase. The Woodworking School at Pine Croft further supports Berea College’s 120-year commitment to the preservation and promotion of craft.

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