Bardstown in Nelson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
My Old Kentucky Home
Erected 1923 by Bardstown Chamber of Commerce.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Landmarks • Notable Buildings • Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1818.
Location. 37° 49.026′ N, 85° 27.374′ W. Marker is in Bardstown, Kentucky, in Nelson County. Marker can be reached from Federal Hill Manor near Old Bloomfield Pike. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Federal Hill Manor, Bardstown KY 40004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wickland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salem Academy (approx. half a mile away); “A Pretty Close Call” (approx. half a mile away); Twenty-Five Damned Yankees (approx. 0.7 miles away); Federal Hill (approx. 0.7 miles The Lafayette Hotel (approx. Ύ mile away); Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. (approx. Ύ mile away); John Fitch Memorial (approx. Ύ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bardstown.
More about this marker. While Federal Hill is part of the "My Old Kentucky Home State Park", the park itself is located nearby at 501 E. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004
Regarding My Old Kentucky Home. Federal Hill, a former plantation owned by the Rowan family and now more commonly called "My Old Kentucky Home," is in the sleepy little community of Bardstown, Kentucky. A visit to Federal Hill in 1852 is said to have inspired Stephen Foster to write the song, My Old Kentucky Home, the official State song for Kentucky.
The owner of the home, John Rowan, was a state judge in Kentucky, served seven terms in the legislature and was elected to the United States Senate. He was also Kentucky's Secretary of State and the Chief Justice for the Court of Appeals. Throughout the early 1800s, the Rowans hosted a number of dignitaries in addition to Stephen Foster, including Henry Clay, James K. Polk, and James Monroe.
The Georgian-style home was built by Judge John Rowan in 1818 and has since accumulated a long history of tragedy. One of the most notable tragedies happened in 1833 when an epidemic of cholera killed eight family members and eight
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for My Old Kentucky Home State Park. (Submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Views of Federal Hill. (Submitted on January 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Wikipedia entry for Stephen Foster. (Submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
4. Wikipedia entry for Bardstown, Kentucky. (Submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,368 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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