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Here are some events
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My Old Kentucky Home Festival of Quilts
Over 125 juried quilts represent the 2002 show. Events include Quilted Fashion Luncheon, Quilter's Trade Show, Downtown Merchant's Walking Tour of Quilts and Educational Workshops. Located at Hillbilly Heaven. Contact: Dixie Hibbs.

March 21-24, 2002

P.O. Box 867Q, 107 E. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-4877 or 1-800-638-4877


Bardstown Antique Show and Sale
35th annual show. Over 100 dealers from 12 states. Featuring furniture, china, cut glass, books, clocks, coins, Indian relies, jewelry, knives, primitives, lamps, textiles, vintage clothing, and all sorts of collectibles - a buyer's market. Located at Nelson County High School. Contact: Don Comer,

April 6-7, 2002

PO. Box 334, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-8503


Colonel's Barbecue
Trying to start your own Derby tradition? Get involved with the historic Kentucky Colonel Barbecue at Bardstown's own Wickland estate. Scheduled for the day after the Derby festival - May 5 - the Kentucky Colonel Barbecue has been a distinctive Derby tradition for 25 years. The menu includes burgoo, barbecue and pork chops prepared by the Kentucky Pork Producers. Ask for Kentucky's famous drink, the Mint Julep. For more information, click on the link above.

May 5, 2002

(502) 459-5352 or the Visitor's Center at (800) 638-4877


Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial & Museum

The Wall that Heals exhibition features a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It is approximately 250 ft. in length, and is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is complete with the 58,220 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict. The Museum displays memorabilia which tells the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the era surrounding the conflict. The rear of the Museum includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the continuing conflict in Vietnam spanning several thousands of years.

May 16-19, 2002

107 E. Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004, 502-348-4877 or 1-800-638-4877


Stephen Foster - The Musical

44th Season. Performances Tues. - Sun. at 8:30 pm. Saturday indoor matinee at 2pm. Enjoy lively dance, beautiful costumes and more than 50 heartwarming melodies of Stephen Collins Foster such as, 'Beautiful Dreamer' and 'My Old Kentucky Home.' Outdoor theatre the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre (indoors in inclement weather.) Call for reservations. Contact: Stephen Foster Drama

June 8, -September 1, 2002

P.O. Box 546, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-5971 or 1-800-626-1563


Pioneer Craft Show & Civil War Living History

Professional craft people will demonstrate and sell a variety of 1700's style crafts including: Weaving, dulcimers, rug making, leather making, soap making, early types of carpenter tools and more. Located at Bardstown Village and Civil War Museum. Contact: Rita Herrmann

June 15-16, 2002

310 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 349-0291


Bluegrass Music Festival

Hosted by Gary Brewer, the 8th annual Bluegrass Music Festival will feature two days of bluegrass music, arts and crafts and concession booths. Located at White Acres Campground. Contact: A.R. White

June 21-22, 2002

3022 Boston Rd. Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-9677


Civil War Living History
A Civil War Living History encampment at Old Bardstown Village & Civil War Museum. Soldiers will demonstrate different aspects of the conflict, including demonstrations of camp life, musket firing, cooking, mounted drilling, saber fighting and much more. Soldiers in full uniform accompanied by their ladies dressed in period costumes. Contact: Joe Masterson.

August 3-4, 2002

109 Eastland Drive, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502) 348-6093


'Spirit Fire' Native American Music Festival

Third annual festival featuring Native American traditional and contemporary music. Festival to be held at the Bardstown Airport on Hwy. 62.

August 18, 2002

Contact: Lynn Lorenzen, email:, 502-348-0425 after 4pm


Kentucky Bourbon Festival
Visit the 'Bourbon Capital of the World.' Celebrate the history and making of Kentucky's finest product, Kentucky Bourbon. Enjoy distillery tours, displays, musical entertainment, good southern food and contests. Contact: Pam Gover

September 18-22, 2002

P.O. Box 867, 107 E. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004, email: , (502) 348-4877 or 1-800-638-4877

Bardstown, Kentucky

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"My Old Kentucky Home"

Bardstown, Kentucky, is the sight of Federal Hill Mansion, better known as My Old Kentucky Home. Construction of this beautiful home was completed in 1818 for Judge John Rowan. Premier American songwriter Stephen Foster visiting his Rowan cousins, was inspired to pen the now-classic song, "My Old Kentucky Home" in 1852. This all-time favorite serves as the official state song of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


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