Among the many compositions penned by American composer Stephen Foster are “Oh! Susanna” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Best known of all is “My Old Kentucky Home,” Kentucky’s state song. The supposed inspiration for Foster’s melody was his cousin’s plantation, Federal Hill, now the focal point of My Old Kentucky Home State Park. The historic home has rare period furnishings, formal gardens, a carriage house and smoke house, with costumed guides in hoop skirts and tailcoats.
BOURBON HERITAGE CENTER:
Located at Heaven Hill Distillery, this state-ofthe- art center provides visitors with the ultimate educational and entertainment experience in the making and the history of what was designated “America’s Native Spirit” by Congress.
OLD TALBOTT TAVERN:
Talbott Tavern is said to be the oldest western stagecoach stop in America as the westward expansion brought explorers from the east into Kentucky. According to legend, figures straight from the history books sought lodging here during their travels. Abraham Lincoln and his family stayed here, as did General George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone. There are noticeable bullet holes in the now faded paintings and Jesse James is said to be responsible for them.
THE ABBEY OF GETHSEMANI:
Founded in 1848, the Abbey of Gethsemani is the largest and oldest Order of Cistercian Monks in the U.S. The Trappist Monastery was home to Thomas Merton and is known today for its delicious fruitcakes and cheeses.