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We drove out to My Old Kentucky Home State Park. This was Federal Hill, the home of John Rowan who was a cousin of Stephen Fosters and where he was supposed to be staying when he wrote "My Old Kentucky Home". The house was being renovated but the tours were going on anyway. No pictures inside of course, and they wouldn't even let you take a picture of the painting in the visitor's center. So I wandered around outside and took some pictures, and then we went back to the condo.

Federal Hill is a Georgian style mansion that originally had 13 rooms. The number 13 is repeated throughout the house, supposedly to honor the 13 colonies at the time of America?s independence from Great Britain. The front of the home has 13 windows, and there are 13 steps to each floor of the house. Completed in 1796, the rear wing of the house contains a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a smokehouse. The first floor has a dining room, parlor, and library. The second floor has bedrooms, and the third floor contained the nursery. The house is built of brick and has six large rooms that are 22 feet square. Ceilings are 13-1/2 feet high. The floors are made of yellow poplar and the walls are 13 inches thick.

Tours are given from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, June through August; and 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM March to May and September to November. Open Wednesday to Sunday during the winter period of January 2 to February 28 and daily from March 1 - December 30.

Address: 501 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone: (502) 348-3502
Website: http://parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/old-ky-home/

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  • Updated May 19, 2013
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