A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo’s solar-system bed sheets and Lincoln’s vast collection of presidential action figures. Take a peek inside the mind of a historic figure with today’s Groupon to My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown. Regular admission fee for seniors is $5, $3.50 for children 6–12, and free for children younger than 6. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get a holiday day tour for two (up to a $14 value).
- For $7, you get a holiday evening tour for two (up to a $14 value).
- For $12, you get a holiday day tour for four (up to a $28 value).
- For $12, you get a holiday evening tour for four (up to a $28 value).
- For $19, you get a holiday day tour for six (up to a $42 value).
- For $19, you get a holiday evening tour for six (up to a $42 value).<p>
My Old Kentucky Home State Park swathes visitors in historic hospitality with day and evening tours of its well-preserved Georgian-style mansion, Federal Hill. Nestled at the center of a vast, snow-dusted estate, the opulent 1818 home warms hearts and stomachs alike with apple cider and bourbon-barrel cake, glowing fireplaces, and tales told by educated guides dressed in authentic Southern period attire, such as pantaloons, petticoats, and turtleneck sweaters. While touring the elaborate mansion and admiring the charm immortalized in the Stephen Collins Foster song that bears its name, 20–25 travelers discover interesting architectural facts imparted by the guides. Holly, pine, and fruit-garland decorations and window-seated candles accentuate the faithful furnishings of each large room, and a gift shop allows guests to stock up on handmade crafts, baked goods, and souvenirs without having to worry about time-travel jetlag.
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.