Friday, August 2, 2013

My Old Kentucky Home...

I had previously posted about our new home in Kentucky...

Here is a little bit about the historical "My Old Kentucky Home..."
(Info and photos taken from My Old Kentucky Home's historical information at the Kentucky Parks Website).

The house that came to symbolize Kentucky’s gracious hospitality and according to legend inspired Stephen Collins Foster to write his immortal song, “My Old Kentucky Home” is one of the most cherished historical sites in the commonwealth.

Federal Hill is a Georgian style mansion that originally had 13 rooms.
The number 13 is repeated throughout the house, supposedly to honor the 13 colonies at the time of America’s independence from Great Britain.

The front of the home has 13 windows, and there are 13 steps to each floor of the house. Completed in 1796, the rear wing of the house contains a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a smokehouse. The first floor has a dining room, parlor, and library. The second floor has bedrooms, and the third floor contained the nursery. The house is built of brick and has six large rooms that are 22 feet square. Ceilings are 13-1/2 feet high. The floors are made of yellow poplar and the walls are 13 inches thick.

 John Rowan (1773-1843), who built Federal Hill, was born in York, Pa. and in 1790, he moved to Bardstown.

He studied law in Lexington under the tutelage of George Nicholas, Kentucky’s first attorney general. He soon became one of Kentucky’s foremost defense lawyers. Rowan is also remembered for killing Dr. James Chambers in an 1801 duel fought over a disagreement as to who was the expert in classical languages. Rowan served as secretary of state in 1804, and was elected to Congress (1807-1809). He served in the Kentucky General Assembly, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and as United States Senator (1825-1831). He married Anne Lytle in 1794.

The Rowan home hosted many famous individuals. Aaron Burr, Henry Clay, and other important political and social figures enjoyed the hospitality of the Rowan mansion. Stephen Collins Foster of Pennsylvania, a Rowan family relative, is credited with immortalizing Federal Hill in his hauntingly beautiful song “My Old Kentucky Home Good Night." 

 Stephen Foster.jpg

Written in 1852, the words and music have touched the hearts of generations of Kentuckians. The song did not become associated with Federal Hill until the Civil War. Soldiers who saw the house and knew the song began to refer to Federal Hill as “My Old Kentucky Home.” Soon other people began referring to the mansion as the house that inspired one of Foster’s most beloved melodies.

(Side note, info from Wikipedia):
Some of Stephen Collins Foster Notable work(s) "Angelina Baker", "Beautiful Dreamer", "Camptown Races", "Gentle Annie", "The Glendy Burk", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Oh! Susanna", "Old Black Joe", "Old Folks at Home"

Here is artwork of Kentucky drawn for Kentucky Senator McConnell.

And another of it matted and framed:


Thank you for stopping in! I am still behind with Jenny's Alphabe-thursday's "K"!

 Signature for blog


LV said...

A great historical post, but I still like yours better.

Pondside said...

That was very interesting, Maria. I've never visited Kentucky, so this was a sweet little glimpse at its history.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Wonderfully informative post!

Thanks for visiting my artwork. I took a vase from my living room and set it up on a mirror with the orange segments for my watercolor painting.

Have a super day!

Jenny said...

There is a lot of history in that Kentucky home...

Thanks for sharing all this with us for the letter "K"!

Killer job!


Related Posts with Thumbnails