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“Beautiful Estate and Interesting History”

My Old Kentucky Home
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Owner description: My Old Kentucky Home is one of the most famous songs to have ever been written, but it is also the name of a hallowed and beautiful Kentucky farm with many rich layers of history waiting to be explored and experienced. My Old Kentucky Home is a marvel of elegance and charm, as architecturally magnificent today as it was more than two centuries ago. Your guided house by our costumed guides spans two floors of the mansion, originally named "Federal Hill." On select days, our talented guides will sing the song, "My Old Kentucky Home," for tour guests. See 170 year old antique artifacts including paintings, high-style furniture, lavish period decor, and the carefully curated interiors of Kentucky's most famous landmark.
Reviewed 9 July 2014

For a relatively decent price, one can tour this historical home. The tour, in and of itself is takes not more than maybe twenty minutes, which covers two floors and all of the artifacts within. The tour guides are pretty great and willing to give as many details as possible.

Afterwards, you're free to explore the grounds and gardens. There's actually a law office just down the hill from the estate, that you're able to view from all sides. The gardens, themselves are always beautiful. No matter the season.

Thank Derek S
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

By all means take time to tour the home and take in the Stephen Foster Story musical in the lovely outdoor amphitheater here. But shame on the gift shop for not having a decent biography of Foster! The only one available was a little pamphlet.

1  Thank pdebarros
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Most people regard Federal Hill as the inspiration for the state song "My Kentucky Home," which is the main selling point for tourists to visit. Scholars have provided evidence that Uncle Tom's Cabin is the true inspiration; the song was originally titled "Poor Uncle Tom, Good Night." We may never know if Foster received any true inspiration from this place, but the home and its grounds are beautiful. Lots of memorabilia if you're a Stephen Foster fan can be found in the gift shop. The only way this could have been better is if the tour provided more details/focus on Stephen since the tour is a shirt one describing the rooms of the house and whose portraits are on the wall.

Thank Onerois
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This was a nice place to visit. To walk around and see everything was fun. The tour was short, which was not what I was expecting, but I love doing these kind of house tours. Their gift shop is amazing, though. Lots too choose from, and not too badly priced. Probably will go back but not for a while.

Thank Meryl C
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

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We visited Federal Hill, a plantation home built by Senator Rowan at the end of the 18th century. It has been beautifully restored and contains some beautiful antique pieces, including a half Tester and a full canopy bed. President Andrew Jackson visited and napped on a day bed in the collection. The docents were dressed in hooped skirts, which added to the experience.

This is a vast state park, with a garden, golf course, camp grounds, picnic area, and a playground. The mansion and playground provided a nice interlude for my wife and daughter, respectively, in between visits to the local bourbon distilleries.

Thank Matthew J
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