Once we arrived in Bardstown, KY , we unknowingly entered an internet free world for the rest of our three week trip. Normally, one of the advantages of coming home is the fast internet available, but on our return Tuesday, the service was out and remained so until late yesterday evening. Sometimes you cannot catch a break.
Our stay at the Old Kentucky Home State Park was short lived. We could not handle the crazy campground sites. Besides the complete lack of level ground, the placement of the utilities was designed by a sadist. The pictures do not do justice to how bad it really was.
We did manage to revisit the Old Kentucky home grounds that was originally called Federal Hill. This plantation style farm was originally founded by Judge Rowan in 1795. Like our last visit in 1988, no pictures are allowed inside the home. The property included over 1300 acres at its peak. The Rowan family lived in the home until the great Granddaughter of Mr. Rowan left the property to the state in her will. She lived in the home until 1924.
Why the home has become important was principally because a cousin of the Rowan family was Stephen Foster, who was prolific song writer, who penned the state song-My Old Kentucky home. Mr. Foster only visited the home on one occasion. Foster wrote many well known songs before his death at the age of 37. Because the home was occupied by the same family for so long, there are many original pieces in the home. The state has done an excellent job of maintaining the property over the years. It is well worth a visit despite the photo restrictions. Also on the property is Mr. Rowans original log cabin law office and a private family cemetery.