What to do in My Old Kentucky Home State Park

Information courtesy of The Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Today, this Georgian-style mansion is as endearing to visitors as it was in 1852, the year Foster wrote what has become the official state song while visiting his cousins, the Rowan family. Step into the days of the antebellum South as costumed guides escort you through the stately mansion and formal gardens.

During summer months, the outdoor drama "Stephen Foster –The Musical" is performed under the stars in the park's amphitheater. In the wintertime, Christmas candlelight tours highlight the holidays when the mansion is adorned with holly, pine and fruit garlands.

In "Stephen Foster - The Musical", you can experience the tradition of Kentucky's longest-running outdoor drama. This celebrated musical features colorful period costumes, lively choreography, and more than 50 Foster songs, including his most famous ballad, "My Old Kentucky Home."

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.

Sample the elegant past during the annual Christmas Candlelight Tours at My Old Kentucky Home. Holly, pine and fruit garlands, magnolia, and the glow of candlelight adorn the mansion in splendid 1800s fashion. Elaborate period holiday costumes, music and traditional refreshments make your visit even more memorable.

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.

The new building serves as the main entry point for visitors 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. Additionally, the park's gift shop features Kentucky handcrafts for gift-giving and decorating.

Recreation
At the Kenny Rapier Golf Course, you can enjoy a day on Kentucky's rolling bluegrass as you test your golfing skills on the 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.

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.

Location
My Old Kentucky Home State Park is located in Bardstown on US 150.

Climate
This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.

Address
501 East Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004-0323

Phone: 502-348-3502

Email: MyOldKentuckyHome@ky.gov
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