Monthly Archives: May 2017

Entrance Hall, My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown

This image is of the main entry and hallway for the mansion known originally as Federal Hill, and now famous as My Old Kentucky Home.

A Natural Color Picture by W. M. Cline Co., Chattanooga, Tenn.

The description states:

Entrance Hall, My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown, Kentucky. Of special note are the portraits of the master, John Rowan, Jr. and his lovely wife, Rebecca, the hosts of Stephen Collins Foster on the memorable visit in 1852 that inspired his most famous melody, “My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night.” Another portrait hanging in the hall is that of the builder of the home, Judge John Rowan. In 1795 he built “Federal Hill,” today known as My Old Kentucky Home.

Ektachrome by Frank Shannon.

–This card was used and is dated 5 April 1962.

My Old Kentucky Home Main Building, Bardstown, Kentucky

This image shows the front and side of the main building at the My Old Kentucky Home State Park. It was immortalized by the famous songwriter Stephen Foster in the last few years before the American Civil War.

Curteichcolor Art-Creation from Color Transparencies

The description states:



Federal Hill, known all over the world as “My Old Kentucky Home”, was built in 1795 by Judge John Rowan. The beautiful old mansion, now a state shrine, is open to visitors the year ’round.

In 1852, while a guest here, Stephen Collins Foster, a relative of the Rowans, was inspired to write his immortal [s]ong, “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Ektrachrome by Brock

–As the song is about the plight of African slaves, it has lyrics which are now considered insensitive, and have been expunged by order of the Kentucky Legislature.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.

My Old Kentucky Home Gardens, Bardstown, Kentucky

This image shows the back yard and gardens behind the main building known as My Old Kentucky Home, after the song of the same name.

Mirro-Krome by H. S. Crocker Co., Inc.

The description states:

Flower Garden


Bardstown, Kentucky

–The building and grounds are now a state park.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.