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Dining Room, My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown

This image shows the dining room of Federal Hill, the building now known as “My Old Kentucky Home”, as it might have looked during the ante-bellum period when the song was composed.

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The description states:

Dining Room, My Old Kentucky Home State Shrine, Bardstown, Kentucky.

Color Photo by Frank Shannon

–Since this time the mansion has been renovated twice, most recently in 2006, which included new wallpaper and other decorations which simulate the look of the house in the early 19th century.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.

Parlor, My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown

This image shows the first floor parlor with a period piano on display in the building now known as “My Old Kentucky Home.”

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The description states:

PARLOR AND PIANO

My Old Kentucky Home State Park

Bardstown, Kentucky

The song “My Old Kentucky Home,” written by Stephen Collins Foster, was first played and sung in this room in 1852.

Color Photo by W. Ray Scott

–Many of the historical attributions, such as the one above, are poorly documented and may not have happened at all.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.

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.

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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.