This holiday weekend found us with a free morning, so a very short road trip was in order. At the last minute, we ended up at Federal Hill, also known as My Old Kentucky Home. In 1795 John Rowan, a US Senator, owned the farm and the rear portion of this house was built, with the rest coming soon after.
Built in the Federal style, the house does not disappoint and has been kept in fine fashion through the years.
The home was once a center of social and political activity, during its heyday. Photography was not allowed inside, which was a pity. Incredible examples of Kentucky cherry furniture were on display and original to the family. The last restoration was completed in 2006 and paid for by an anonymous donor. All wallpaper and carpeting are in keeping with the original time period.
It is thought Stephen Foster wrote the ballad, My Old Kentucky Home, with this house as his inspiration. Mr. Foster was a cousin to the Rowan family and spent much time at this farm.
While I found the home to be nothing short of, "old house perfection", I have to admit that this spring house in more in keeping with my budget.
"Houses are like people - some you like and some you don't like - and once in a while there is one you love."