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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

AKA Road Trip: My Old Kentucky Home

After leaving our hotel, the next surprise destination was a very short drive away… 
 
 
We went across the street to visit the “My Old Kentucky Home” State Park.  http://parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/old-ky-home/   Himself is a musician so I knew he would enjoy this stop. 
 
 
Contrary to common belief, Stephen Foster did not live here.  The house is the one on the back of the Kentucky state quarter. 
 
 
He was the composer of many well-known songs such as “My Old Kentucky Home” (sang at the beginning of the KY Derby), “Oh Susanna”, “Camptown Races”, “Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair”, and “Beautiful Dreamer”. 
 
 
The walkway to the house.
 
 
Heading inside.  Unfortunately photos are not allowed inside (there are interior photos at the above web site).  It’s a lovely home, with most of the furnishing belonging to the family.  It was sold by a family member and became a state park in the early ‘20s. 
 
 
The back of the house with the carriage house and kitchen.
 
 
Interior of the detached kitchen.
 
 
Another view.
 
 
The smoke house.
 
 
Carriage house.  The saddles and carriages are from the family.
 
The park is lovely and well worth the visit during cooler weather.  But in the summer there is an outdoor musical performed (which I had seen years earlier) called “Stephen Foster – The Musial”.  It’s a fun show. 
 
 
  

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