Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Colors, The Bluegrass State, and My Old Kentucky Home

Rest Stop on Interstate 65. Very pretty place.

Bardstown, Kentucky
Old Historic Downtown-Hurst Drugs on the corner boasts an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Party Pavillion in "My Old Kentucky Home State Park." 
Guess I'm early.

"Mr. Foster! Are you home?"

Oh. THIS is "My Old Kentucky Home."
It's called the Federal Hill Mansion.
Not how I imagined it, because this is not Stephen F. Foster's home.
It's his cousin's-Judge John Rowan (1795-1840).
This was built by slaves with bricks made on the property.
Judge John Rowan's Law Office from early Nineteenth Century. Now, this looks more like an old Kentucky home to me. Inside, visitors could view his desk, old law books, bookcases, and chairs where clients sat to wait their turn. Very interesting.

Trust me. Old Kentuckians knew nothing about "Handicapped Accessible."
 Yikes! Is this the ghost of Mrs. Rowan. Oh. Sorry. She's a docent.

How would you like to cook here?

Somewhere in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Near a shopping area.
Also Kroger's.

"My kids" neighborhood.
Although our destination on this Fall trip was Michigan, we spent an extra day in Elizabethtown and Bardstown, Kentucky. We've made other stops in Kentucky in previous years. I'm a little in love with Kentucky, the Bluegrass State.
Stephen F. Foster wrote "My Old Kentucky Home" and it was adopted as the state song.
Mr. Foster wrote one other state song. Can you name the song and the state?
Thanks for traveling with me from Central Texas to Michigan.

Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas


  1. Lovely pictures, lovely fall colors, Celia. I'm so glad you enjoyed Bardstown. It's one of my favorite KY towns. And yeah, I was disappointed when I learned Stephen Fostor didn't actually live in this "old Kentucky home."
    Another fantasy destroyed along with Santa and the tooth fairy. Wish you have seen the "Stephen Foster Story" in the outdoor theater. Too late in the season, I guess. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing your trip. I love the pictures. Fall is a beautiful time of year.

    Morgan Mandel

  3. Celia,
    Lovely photos. I enjoyed my visits to Kentucky, too. It is a beautiful state with lots of friendly folks living there.