Near Rosine in Ohio County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
The Monroe Homeplace has been called the most musical home in America. It is not only the birthplace of three famous musicians it is also the birthplace of the American musical form known today as Bluegrass.
After farm chores were done, the home was a magnet that drew local traditional musicians including Bill's legendary Uncle Pen.
In the summer the music and dancing took place on the porch or in the yard. In the cooler months furniture was moved outside and square dances were held in the home.
There has been so much music played in the home that the fibers of the wood actually changed in response to the vibrations.
The end result is that the home has become a musical instrument itself.
It is believed that this is the original home site of the first Monroes who arrived here from Virginia in 1832. Bill was born in a log cabin on this site in 1911.The log cabin was destroyed by fire when he was five years old. This framed house was built on the same spot around the original sandstone chimney.
The Monroe homeplace was restored by the Bill Monroe Foundation in 2001.
In the evening when everything was still
I used to sit and listen to the foxhounds
With my dad in the old Kentucky hills.”
“Soon my childhood days were over
I had to leave my old home;
For Dad & Mother were called to Heaven
I was left in this world alone.”
“High in the hills of Old Kentucky
stands the fondest spot in my memory.
I'm on my way back to the old home,
The light in the window I long to see”
“I'm on my way back to the Old Home
The road winds up the hill
But there's no light in the window
That shined long ago where I lived.”
“On My Way Back to the Old Home” by Bill Monroe
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 26.427′ N, 86° 45.865′ W. Marker is near Rosine, Kentucky, in Ohio County. Marker is on Homeplace Lane ¾ mile east of U.S. 62, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6210 US 62, Cromwell KY 42333, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jerusalem Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Clarence Wilson Home (approx. half a mile away); Home of Charlie and Betty Monroe (approx. half a mile away); Rosine (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rosine Area Veterans Monument (approx. 1½ miles away); William Smith Bill Monroe (approx. 1½ miles away); PFC Wesley Phelps / Medal of Honor Winner (approx. 1½ miles away); Barnett's Station (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rosine.
Also see . . . Bill Monroe (Wikipedia). (Submitted on November 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.