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Seven Kentucky State Parks recognized in ‘Best in Kentucky’ awards from Kentucky Living magazine

Seven Kentucky State Parks were recognized in Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” awards, which were announced Thursday at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair. The seven parks honored were My Old Kentucky Home, Cumberland Falls, John James Audubon, Green River Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Natural Bridge and Barren River Lake. Kentucky State Park employees (from left) Richard Blanton, Wes Lanham,...

My Old Kentucky Home marks 200th anniversary of Federal Hill with culinary tours, collection additions

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the construction of Federal Hill mansion with new tours and new displays at the popular Bardstown historic site. Federal Hill was built by the Rowan family in 1818 and became popular because of its connection to Stephen Foster’s famous song “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” Visitors can tour the home and learn about the...

Old Kentucky Garden Party fundraiser set for My Old Kentucky Home State Park on April 27

The Kentucky State Parks Foundation, in partnership with Preservation Kentucky, will host the second annual “An Old Kentucky Garden Party” on April 27 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown. This fundraiser for the two organizations features Southern hors d’oeuvres; Mint Juleps and Kentucky spirits from Barton 1792, Four Roses and Maker’s Mark Distilleries; and the King’s Highway...

Victorian mourning practices focus of “Weep No More” tour at My Old Kentucky Home State Park

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is offering a new tour during the remainder of October on the Victorian mourning practices of the 19th century called “Weep No More.” Social customs related to the death of a family member during the Victorian era encouraged practices that publicly demonstrated the grief that the remaining family members were experiencing. Door knobs would be draped in black, as...