"Stephen Foster's Cousin's Home" Top 5 Page for this destination Bardstown by grandmaR

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Bardstown was included in the book A Thousand Places to See Before You Die. It's where Stephen Foster was reputed to have had in mind when he wrote "My Old Kentucky Home"

The historic sign in the photo says
COUNTY NAMED 1784
For Thomas Nelson, 17380-89. Member Va. House of Burgesses. In the first Provincial Convention, 1774: Continental Congress, 1775-77 and 1779. Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Commander of Va. Militia, 1777-81. Goveror of Va., 1781. Commended for selfless patriotism in ordering guns to fire on his own home, the British headquarters, at Yorktown 1781.

This monument is in the Kentucky state park. It says
Born July 12, 1773.
York Co. Pennsylvania
Died July 3, 1843
in Louisville KY.
He served his country with honor
with inflexible integrity and extrictism
in the convention which formed
the constitution of Kentucky. ...

This is a sign in the main town square which says:
SUCCESSFUL SURGERY
The first successful amputation
of a leg at the hip joint in US.
Done here by Dr. Walter Brashear
In 1806 without any precedent to
guide him. The patient was a
seventeen-year-old boy whose
leg had been badly mangled
Dr. Brashear was born in 1776
came to Kentucky 1784 and studied
medicine under Dr. Frederick Ridgely
of Lextington. He died in 1860

  • Last visit to Bardstown: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated May 19, 2013
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