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My Old Kentucky Home State Park is located in Bardstown, Kentucky. Federal Hill was a stately mansion built on the Rowan estate back in 1818 and it rests on 285 acres of land that were deeded to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1922. The builder, Judge John Rowan, was a very distinguished gentleman who served on the Kentucky Court of Appeals as well as in the United States Senate. He used his home to lavishly entertain such famous guests as Henry Clay and Aaron Burr.

Rowan's cousin, Stephen Foster visited Federal Hill in 1852. The mansion inspired Foster to write "My Old Kentucky Home" that later became the official state song. Federal Hill has been beautifully restored with rare and unique furniture to give an authentic look in every way possible. Costumed guides give an enchanting tour of the stately mansion with its formal gardens. Their gracious hospitality and vintage attire are reminiscent of the Old South.

The park's Visitor's Center serves as an entry point to Federal Hill that is known more commonly as "My Old Kentucky Home." It includes a meeting and exhibit hall off of the Veranda, a large gift shop, and lobby. Tours are offered year-round.

During the summer months, the amphitheater hosts an outdoor musical drama entitled "The Stephen Foster Story" under the stars of the night sky. This is Kentucky's longest running outdoor drama. It features colorful costumes of the period, lively choreography and over 50 Stephen Foster songs, including the famous "My Old Kentucky Home."

Candlelight tours are offered during the Christmas holiday season beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and running for 16 consecutive nights. The mansion is decorated in holiday fashions that were popular in the 1800s like holly, pine and fruit garlands. Elaborate holiday costumes from the period, traditional music, and refreshments make a holiday visit one to remember.

This park also features an 18-hole regulation golf course with a fully equipped pro shop that caters to a golfer's every desire. It offers everything from rental clubs to riding carts and is open year-round under suitable weather conditions.

The 39 camping sites available to overnight guests offer the convenience of utility hookups, showers, rest rooms, and a nearby grocery and laundry facility. The campground is open from April through October and no reservations are required.

The picnic area is well equipped with grills, a playground, and rest rooms. A picnic shelter is also available for rental up to a year in advance.

Other nearby parks are Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site which is 22 miles southeast of My Old Kentucky Home State Park and Lincoln Homestead State Park which is 36 miles southeast of My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

For more information write to, My Old Kentucky Home State Park, P.O. Box 323, Bardstown, KY 40004-0323.