My Old Kentucky Home State Park is .75 mi. s.e. on US 150. The oldest part of the park’s centerpiece mansion, also known as Federal Hill, was built in 1795 by Judge John Rowan, U.S. congressman and senator, state chief justice, U.S. commissioner to Mexico and cousin of Stephen Foster. Completed in 1818, the renovated home is furnished with heirlooms and old portraits. It is believed that Foster wrote “My Old Kentucky Home” here while visiting the Rowans in 1852.
In the park are a visitor center, the family cemetery, a garden and a replica of Judge Rowan’s law office. Tours conducted by guides in antebellum costumes are available. An outdoor concert and drama series are presented at the park’s outdoor amphitheater June through mid-August. Camping and an 18-hole golf course are available.
Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.