My Old Kentucky Home State Park

Bardstown

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Holly and pine surround visitors as they tour the 19th-century mansion that inspired Stephen Foster’s ballad “My Old Kentucky Home”

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Promotional value expires Dec 25, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Night tour dates are: Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $9 for “My Old Kentucky Home” holiday day tour for two ($18 value)
  • $14 for “My Old Kentucky Home” holiday day tour for four ($32 value)
  • $21 for “My Old Kentucky Home” holiday day tour for six ($46 value)
  • $9 for “My Old Kentucky Home” holiday night tour for two ($18 value)
  • $14 for “My Old Kentucky Home” holiday night tour for four ($32 value)

All tours include a souvenir print.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park

A red-tailed hawk soars high above My Old Kentucky Home State Park, peering down at its campgrounds, golf course, and outdoor amphitheater. Here, a cast of actors performs Stephen Foster - The Musical, belting the famous tune, "My Old Kentucky Home." Just a piano's throw away stands Federal Hill, the Georgian-style mansion that originally inspired this perennial ballad.

Built between 1795 and 1818, the brick mansion echoes early American history in everything right down to its decor. Supposedly to honor the original colonies, the number 13 appears throughout the house: 13 windows at the front, 13 steps to each floor, and 13-inch thick walls, which once housed famous guests such as Aaron Burr. For 120 years, the Rowan family lived in the mansion. Then, in 1922, Madge Rowan Frost sold the 235-acre estate, as well as many family heirlooms, to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Since then, tour guides have taken visitors throughout the mansion's grounds and into its history-laden rooms. The staff has renovated the mansion in recent years, putting in hours of research to ensure that the carpets, wallpapers, drapes, and hand-whittled internet routers remain authentic to the 1850s. The mansion also celebrates the changing seasons—in winter, the mansion dons Christmas decor and the staffers serve apple cider dressed up in period costumes.

Customer Reviews

46 Ratings

Be sure to return in the summer to see The Stephen Foster Story It's amazing!
Heather R. · November 14, 2015
Loved the tour! Such a beautiful place!
Tara M. · December 6, 2014
The candlelight tour was beautiful .
Debra M. · December 15, 2013
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    Bardstown

    501 E Stephen Foster Ave.

    Bardstown, KY 40004

    +15023483502

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