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Welcome to
Horse Cave, Kentucky

Horse Cave, (population 2,250) is located on the southern edge of Hart County. The town is centered on a cave from which it derived its name and water supply.  It was an oasis of water, cool air and shelter.  There is no certain source for the name.  Several have been suggested.  The most plausible source is that the word “horse” was frequently used in the 18th and 19th centuries for something extraordinarily large: horse-laugh, horse chestnut, etc.  The entrance to the cave, located on Main Street in downtown, is the largest natural opening in the entire cave area

Meet Our Mayor

The City of Horse Cave is represented by a mayor/council form of government. The mayor serves a four-year term, and city council members serve two-year terms.

The city has non-elected employees who serve under the mayor: a city clerk, a deputy clerk, a finance officer, a licensing clerk/zoning administrator, six police officers, and four maintenance/cemetery employees. 

Randall Curry


All of us have one goal in mind-making Horse Cave a better place to live, work, and play. We are very proud of our community, its rich heritage and a promising future. We work very hard to serve our citizens' needs, to provide for their safety, well-being, and to plan for our future growth.

If any one of us can be of assistance to you, please contact us. If we don't know your problem, we cannot work to solve it.

Sister Schubert

Made In Horse Cave

Horse Cave, Kentucky is Home to many Manufactures and Company's that produce and supply many popular products throughout the United States. 


1000 Top Quality Drive
Horse Cave, KY 42749

It all began in 1896, when young Teresa Marzetti arrived in the United States from Florence, Italy started her small Italian restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Customers particularly enjoyed Teresa's salad dressings and were often seen leaving the restaurant with bottles of their favorites. After Teresa Marzetti's death in 1972, the restaurant closed forever, but her passion for quality still lives in Marzetti's many salad dressings, dips and croutons. Located at 1000 Top Quality Drive in Horse Cave and employs several hundred people. 


975 South Dixie Street
Horse Cave, KY 42749


​Dart Container Corporation of Kentucky in Horse Cave, KY opened in 1980 and is Hart County's largest employer. The Horse Cave plant currently employs approximate 1500 of Hart County residents as well as many from the surrounding region. Since its opening, the Horse Cave plant has expanded six times.
The Horse Cave facility manufactures a host of Dart products which are used by restaurants, coffee shops, health care facilities, and the food packaging industry. Dart products from Horse Cave also appear on the shelves of many retail operations.

Dart's Horse Cave plant has a consistent history of growth, which has led to employment and production increases approximately every five years.

Dart actively supports the local communities through donations to 4-H and school related programs, Horse Cave Heritage Festival and Relay for Life, American Cave Museum, The Thomas House Renovation, Horse Cave Street Scape, and other area events. Dart also sponsors career days at local schools, blood drives, and provides much needed support for all of the area Fire, Police, and Rescue departments.

Sister Schubert's

Sister Schuberts

900 Top Quality Drive
Horse Cave, KY 42749

Founded by Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes in 1989, today the brand bearing her name is known for producing 12 varieties of melt-in-your-mouth-delicious rolls that go from freezer to table in minutes. Located at 900 Top Quality Drive in Horse Cave, employing several hundred people from Horse Cave, Hart Co., and surrounding communities.

Supply Company


106 Cherry Street
​Horse Cave, KY 42749

Geothermal Supply Company, Inc. located at 106 Cherry Street in Horse Cave, is a nationwide provider of quality geothermal products and services to the ever growing geothermal industry. Whether you are a system designer, system installer, or system owner - their job is to make your job easier.

Chrome Works


100 Bluegrass Avenue
Horse Cave, KY 42749

Located at 100 Bluegrass Avenue in Horse Cave, (exit 58 on Interstate 65) Kentucky Chrome Works is ideally situated to service the north American OEM automotive marketplace. Their fully automated plating line can plate your wheels up to 24” in diameter and 13” in width and can polish and copper buff your wheels on our robotic polishing cells or manually finish wheels if required.

Owner Ray Carcione came to Kentucky in 2010 to bring jobs back to the USA that had been lost to foreign based companies. Now that KCW is well established Ray and General Manager, Bob Biltz are ready to increase market share and play an important role in our nations economic recovery. 

Jobe Publishing

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570 S. Dixie St.
Horse Cave, Ky. 42749

Jobe Publishing, Inc. offers a variety of printing with an in-house bindery department, NOT just a newspaper printing company. Jeff Jobe, CEO/Publisher owns multiple hometown newspapers in Hart, Barren, Metcalfe, Monroe, Butler, and Edmonson counties.  

Covid 19


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has coordinated state guidance with the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As CDC transitions to the new “COVID-19 Community Level” model that uses the number of new COVID-19 cases in each county, percent of hospital capacity devoted to COVID-19 patients and the number of new patients with COVID-19 admitted to the hospital in the past week, KDPH will be using this tool to help Kentuckians be informed of the COVID-19 impact in their communities. KDPH created the Community Level COVID-19 Guidance to align with the new community level model. This guidance provides Kentuckians with actions to take related to their local level of community burden. KDPH will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 data and provide weekly updates on the KDPH COVID-19 website. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation as we learn to live with COVID-19 and work to keep Kentuckians safe. For more information on the new tool provided by CDC, please visit the CDC website: COVID-19 by County.


 U.S. Route 31W (Dixie Street) is the main road through Horse Cave, leading north 8 miles (13 km) to Munfordville and southwest through Cave City 10 miles (16 km) to Park City near the entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park. Interstate 65 passes 2 miles (3 km) west of Horse Cave, with access from Exit 58. I-65 leads north 78 miles (126 km) to Louisville and southwest 97 miles (156 km) to Nashville, Tennessee.

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