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Bardstown in Nelson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

My Old Kentucky Home

 
 
My Old Kentucky Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa June 1991
1. My Old Kentucky Home Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated July 4, 1923
State Commissioners
Gov. Edwin P. Morrow Harry Giovanoli A. T. Hert Mrs. Clement French Arch. H. Pullmam Marvin H. Lewis Young E. Allison Mrs. A. T. Hert Robt. W. Bingham Mrs. S. Tescaton Ballard C. Lee Cook Osso W. Stanley
 
Erected 1923 by Bardstown Chamber of Commerce.
 
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.
 
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); Twenty-Five Damned Yankees ( approx. 0.7 miles away); Federal Hill ( approx. 0.7 miles away); The Lafayette Hotel ( approx. 0.7 miles away); Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. ( approx. mile away); John Fitch Memorial ( approx. 0.8 miles away); County Named, 1784 ( approx. 0.8 miles 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
Federal Hill image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1991
2. Federal Hill
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 slaves within a 24 hour period. Another tragedy occurred when John Rowan Jr., son of Judge Rowan, was killed. After having spent the previous night sitting up with his sick child, John Jr. was sitting on the window sill of his second-story bedroom . He dozed
Gardenside image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1991
3. Gardenside
off, lost his balance and fell out the window, hitting a tree on the way down, killing him. After this, his wife never slept in that bedroom again, moving to the bedroom next door.
 
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.)
 
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Stephen Foster Painting image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1991
4. Stephen Foster Painting
Foster's Desk, used to pen "My Old Kentucky Home" image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1991
5. Foster's Desk, used to pen "My Old Kentucky Home"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,232 times since then and 33 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.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area picture of this marker and its surroundings. • Separate HMdb entry for the nearby Federal Hill historical marker. • Can you help?
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