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My Old Kentucky Home State Park

501 E. Stephen Foster Ave., P.O. Box 323, Bardstown, KY 40004-0323
502-348-3502
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Ranked #3 of 7 attractions in Bardstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Historic Sites
Owner description: Park that honors the popular tourist attraction, Federal Hill Mansion, which was the symbol of Stephen Foster's endearing ballad. Not only does the... more » Owner description: Park that honors the popular tourist attraction, Federal Hill Mansion, which was the symbol of Stephen Foster's endearing ballad. Not only does the Park offer tours of My Old Kentucky Home but there is camping, golf, and shopping available. The campground offers 39 sites with water and electric. Wi-Fi is available on most sites. There are some sewer sites and some pull thru sites. There is an 18-hole golf course that is very well maintained. Shopping at the Park offers Kentucky made Handcrafts, food items from Kentucky, and wonderful prints or postcards of My Old Kentucky Home. « less
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Ames, IA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We visited My Old Kentucky Home State Park because it feels like you sort of have to, and it was a nice visit. The grounds of the park are really beautiful, with lots of trees, so we had plenty of shade. Federal Hall, the home itself, is very nice—pretty typical for this kind of home tour—but the family history part... More

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had my daughter's wedding at My Old KY Home and it could not have been a better experience! The staff was wonderful to work with and never seemed irritated with all the times I blew their phone up asking questions. They offered me advice on everything Bardstown had to offer. That is excellent customer service in my book! Plus,... More

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Melbourne, FL
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Beautiful grounds and area. Tour guide was difficult to understand and seemed very rote on her delivery.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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54 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Federal Hill, also known as My Old Kentucky Home and the inspiration of the song written by Stephen Foster, was the home of Judge John Rowan and built around 1800. Today it is one of the Kentucky State Parks. A reasonable admission fee of $5 gives you a guided tour of the home that takes about 20 minutes or so... More

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Attica, Indiana, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our husbands played golf while we toured My Old Kentucky Home. The husbands enjoyed the course. The tour of the house was very interesting.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

For a relatively decent price, one can tour this historical home. The tour, in and of itself is takes not more than maybe twenty minutes, which covers two floors and all of the artifacts within. The tour guides are pretty great and willing to give as many details as possible. Afterwards, you're free to explore the grounds and gardens. There's... More

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

By all means take time to tour the home and take in the Stephen Foster Story musical in the lovely outdoor amphitheater here. But shame on the gift shop for not having a decent biography of Foster! The only one available was a little pamphlet.

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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Most people regard Federal Hill as the inspiration for the state song "My Kentucky Home," which is the main selling point for tourists to visit. Scholars have provided evidence that Uncle Tom's Cabin is the true inspiration; the song was originally titled "Poor Uncle Tom, Good Night." We may never know if Foster received any true inspiration from this place,... More

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New Market, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was a nice place to visit. To walk around and see everything was fun. The tour was short, which was not what I was expecting, but I love doing these kind of house tours. Their gift shop is amazing, though. Lots too choose from, and not too badly priced. Probably will go back but not for a while.

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Buena Park, California
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70 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Tip: save with AAA card. We visited Federal Hill, a plantation home built by Senator Rowan at the end of the 18th century. It has been beautifully restored and contains some beautiful antique pieces, including a half Tester and a full canopy bed. President Andrew Jackson visited and napped on a day bed in the collection. The docents were dressed... More

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