My Old Kentucky Home is one of the most iconic 19th-century homes in America

Named for America's first composer Stephen Foster's abolitionist inspired ballad, "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!," the Federal style mansion commissioned by John Rowan Sr. was completed in the year 1818 and was the centerpiece of a 1,300 acre plantation. 

 

c. 1834

John Rowan Sr. and his wife Ann Lytle established a farm consisting of a log house with approximately 325 acres. While occupying the log house, John and Ann commissioned a one-story brick home. John named the farm "Federal Hill" in honor of the Federalist political party. 

C. 1835

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C. 1840

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