My Old Kentucky Home State Park - Bardstown, KY - Kentucky State Parks



501 E Stephen Foster Ave
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Welcome to My Old Kentucky Home State Park
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 known as Federal Hill. The home completed in 1818,rests on on a sloping 290 acres deeded to the state in 1922. It's builder, Judge John Rowan, was a man of great distinction, serving on both the Ky Cout of Appeals and in the U.S. Senate.

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Year-round birds include the Red-tailed hawk, goldfinches, Northern Cardinals, House Finches, Carolina Wrens, House Sparrows, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, starlings, American Robin, crows, Carolina Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, White-throated Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Great Horned Owls, Screech owls, and Barred Owls. Winter birds include the Dark-eyed Junco, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and the Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Summer birds include the Ruby- throated Hummingbird, Rufus Hummingbird, Purple Martins, Chimney Swifts, Bewicks Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Indigo Bunting, Meadowlark, and the Purple Finch.

Around the home, the campground, and picnic area are best viewing areas.

Admire the beautiful grounds of My Old Kentucky Home in the 39-site campground. Convenience is guaranteed with utility hookups, a central service building housing showers and rest rooms, and a dump station. A grocery store and a laundry are nearby across the street from the park. Pets are allowed if restrained. Closed for season from November 1 to March 31.

Gift Shop
Our Kentucky handcraft items include pottery, quilts, hand painted gourds, chairs and benches. Our outstanding book selections include cookbooks, historic and civil war books, and various Kentucky authors. A large selection of equine and Derby items can be found. The food specialty items will satisfy every appetite. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 & New Year's Day

Enjoy a day on Kentucky’s rolling bluegrass as you test your golfing skills on the Kenny Rapier Golf Course 18-hole, regulation golf course. A fully equipped pro shop caters to the golfer’s every need with rental clubs, pull carts, and riding carts. The complete redesign and reconstruction of the front nine holes, plus extensive irrigation and turf improvements on the back nine holes are finished and 18 holes are open for play. Project consultant was Fred Rux of Mobile, Ala. and Contractor was Golf Development Construction Inc. of Louisville. The course is named for Bardstown native and former Commissioner of Parks Kenny Rapier. Course open year-round, weather permitting.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 & New Year's Day

Outdoor Theater
Experience the tradition of Kentucky's longest-running outdoor drama. This celebrated musical, "The Stephen Foster Story," features colorful period costumes, lively choreography, and more than 50 Foster songs, including his most famous ballad, "My Old Kentucky Home." For more information and reservations call 1-800-626-1563 or visit The Stephen Foster Drama Association's website, $.

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

Two tennis courts located near the J.Dan Talbot amphitheatre.

The Visitors Center serves as the main entry point to the popular tourism attraction, Federal Hill Mansion, "My Old Kentucky Home" of Stephen Foster's ballad. Don't miss your opportunity to tour Federal Hill, where the antebellum South comes to life in fascinating detail.

Tour Information
June through August
First tour at 9:15am, last tour at 4:15pm.

January to May and September to November
First tour at 9:15am, last tour at 4:15pm.

Open Wednesday to Sunday during the winter period of January 2 to February 28 and daily from March 1 - December 30. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25, 31, January 1.

Adults: $10.00
Senior: $9.00
Youth 13-18: $9.00
Children 6-12: $7.00
Children under 5: FREE
Military: $5.00
AAA: $9.00
AAA Senior: $8.00
AAA Youth: $8.00
AAA Child: $6.00
School Groups: $5.00
Bus Tour: $8.00
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