Dates & Times
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2016
9:00 A.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Visit Kentucky's most famous historic site, My Old Kentucky Home, to explore its connection to the American Civil War. Learn how mid-19th century public sentiment was forever changed by the house that inspired the world-famous song, "My Old Kentucky Home," and how the family was connected to the Union war effort, while other family members split away to join the forces of the Confederacy.
The song “My Old Kentucky Home” progressively altered public perception towards denouncing slavery in the United States. Period abolitionist Frederick Douglass said that the song My Old Kentucky Home, “awakens sympathies for the slave, in which anti-slavery principles take root, grow, and flourish.”
As armies marched through the Bluegrass State, local communities rationed supplies, provided food and clothing to armies, and always faced the uncertain possibility that their properties may be destroyed or confiscated by either army.
In “A House Divided,” tour guests will discover and encounter the realities of the Civil War Era in and around the historic mansion. Hear our tour guides sing “My Old Kentucky Home” – a song which helped to inspire an entire nation to fight for freedom from slavery. See rooms of the mansion transformed for the war-era, including an outstanding collection of weaponry, uniforms, rationing, the end of slavery, and both Union and Confederate influences on both the Rowan family and Federal Hill mansion.
45 Minute Tour
Tours begin at 9:15am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm,
1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm. Last tour begins at 4:00pm