2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Kentucky

Spend August 20th with us at The Hatfield Inn in Leitchfield, KY, and we'll give our first 100 guests who are here for the eclipse a free pair of eclipse glasses.

You can come in out of the dark at The Hatfield Inn in Leitchfield, KY. While we're not in the path of the total eclipse on August 21, we do have comfortable beds and a hot breakfast before the eclipse. We may actually be as close as you can get to Hopkinsville or Bowling Green, too. It's a straight 1-1/2 hour shot down the Western Kentucky Parkway to Hopkinsville (the epicenter of the eclipse) and Bowling Green is only 45 minutes away. Of course, the best place to be for the total experience will be Hopkinsville with an estimated total eclipse time of 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Birds will stop singing, the temperature will drop and you might feel like the world could end.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Kentucky

Of course, to view the eclipse, you MUST have eclipse glasses and we're giving a pair to the first 100 of our registered guests who are visiting for the eclipse. You can only view the eclipse through a pair of these glasses or with a pinhole camera (like we made in grade school), but free glasses will be better. Remember how disappointing it was to just see a shadow of the moon eating the sun? Over 500,000 visitors are expected in the state for the eclipse since Hopkinsville is the global epicenter, so you want to make your reservations early.

2017 Map of the Total Eclipse

By MichaelZeiler (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you want to stay close to home on the big day, the Grayson County Public Library is inviting everyone to a Free Solar Eclipse Viewing Party from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the new library on Carroll Gibson Blvd (by the judicial building). Bring a picnic lunch, chairs or blankets and gather outside with your friends to watch the partial eclipse that we'll see here. The library will provide eclipse glasses while supplies last, activities for all ages and light refreshments. If you don't want to sit outside on the grass, the library will be streaming NASA's live broadcast inside the community room.

So, here are some of the benefits of staying with us before the eclipse or at any time:

  • Relatively close to epicenter of eclipse, without being in the center of the madness!
  • FREE eclipse glasses
  • Comfortable beds in a family atmosphere
  • Hot breakfast before eclipse
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Family-owned

Remember, make your reservations now! We've only got 40 rooms and they are filling up quickly.