My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 East Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004
State Park: Birding, Camp, Hike, Picnic, RV, Walk
My Old Kentucky Home State Park honors the home that was the symbol of Stephen Foster’s most endearing song, the stately mansion on the Rowan estate, Federal Hill. The home, completed in 1818, rests on a sloping 285 acres deeded to the Commonwealth in 1922. Its builder, Judge John Rowan, was a man of great distinction, serving both on the Kentucky Court of Appeals and in the U.S. Senate. At Federal Hill, Judge Rowan entertained such brilliant and celebrated guests as Henry Clay and Aaron Burr, and his home became a landmark for lavish entertaining during a colorful era of Kentucky’s history.