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Address: 501 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-2205
Phone Number: 15023483502
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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My Old Kentucky Home is one of the most famous songs to have ever been...

My Old Kentucky Home is one of the most famous songs to have ever been written, but it is also the name of a hallowed and beautiful Kentucky farm with many rich layers of history waiting to be explored and experienced. My Old Kentucky Home is a marvel of elegance and charm, as architecturally magnificent today as it was more than two centuries ago. Your guided house by our costumed guides spans two floors of the mansion, originally named "Federal Hill." On select days, our talented guides will sing the song, "My Old Kentucky Home," for tour guests. See 170 year old antique artifacts including paintings, high-style furniture, lavish period decor, and the carefully curated interiors of Kentucky's most famous landmark.

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My old Kentucky home

What a great tour this was! Guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. History of the home was fascinating. Highly recommend you visit!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Effingham, Illinois
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Effingham, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great tour this was! Guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. History of the home was fascinating. Highly recommend you visit!

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Worth visiting for the attractive historic park but don't miss the tour of the mansion on grounds. A very well done tour by costumed docents with lots of commentary and stories about pre-Civil war life in the South.

Thank wisconsinwinegirl
Shepherdsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister and I went to take the Shadows of Federal Hill Tour at My Old Kentucky Home. I haven't been there since I was young and went to see the Stephen Foster Musical (also a MUST see). We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the performances of the actors! It was just creepy enough to make it fun, but you... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured this home because of the Victorian funeral decorations. Both tour guides were very informative, esp. the young lady downstairs. She has only been there for a short time and was fantastic.

Thank Clarence D
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Shadows of Federal Hill evening tour on a full moon was wonderful. Ghostly actors in each room portraying members of the Rowan family, that met an untimely death. The actors costumes and make up was great, and they did a outstanding job singing and portraying. Would recommend to others.

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Bardstown, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is certainly no TRICK here....just a real TREAT! What a unique tour. Professional actors in each room portraying individuals connected with My Old Kentucky Home's past and history, that have passed....hence they have become "Shadows of Federal Hill". If you enjoy history coming to life( and a little "spookiness" this time of year..older kids will love this..bring the family)... More 

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Bee Spring, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I attended the Shadows of Federal Hill Halloween event at My Old Kentucky Home. We visit many historic homes and make a point of seeking out their Halloween activities when October rolls around. We particularly enjoyed this one. We were able to purchase our tickets in advance (although some people purchased tickets at the door), which was... More 

Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The grounds are great, but the tour of the house was something special. in addition to getting a guided tour of the house, docent gave us a fabulous a Capella rendition of Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home". What a treat. The house is a gem and the grounds have a lot to see. The furniture is mostly original and the... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Old Kentucky Home and learned quite a bit about customs of the well to do of the time period. The fact that so much of the furniture is actually from the family and the home was astounding to me; a very good window into the time period. Highly recommend this attraction.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Toured My Old KY Home today and had a lovely time. The grounds are beautiful. We were lucky enough to not only have a history tour but also information about mourning practices. My favorite part of the house and tour is that most of the furniture and belongings are original to the home. I love that!! The guides were great... More 

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