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Monday, September 22 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tour: Monday - Bardstown

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Located south of Louisville is the historic city of Bardstown, Kentucky, the site of My Old Kentucky Home State Park which honors the home that was the symbol of Stephen Foster's most endearing song. The home, completed in 1818, rests on a sloping 285 acres deeded to the Commonwealth in 1922. It was in 1852 that Stephen Foster visited his cousins, the Rowans, and was said to be inspired to write the ballad "My Old Kentucky Home." The home's decor, including rare and beautiful furnishings, is much as it was when Foster was a guest here. Authenticity to the smallest detail is maintained wherever possible. Guides in antebellum costumes lead tours through the home, extending gracious hospitality reminiscent of the leisurely South. From there you’ll travel to Kurtz Restaurant, a family restaurant which has been serving Southern style cooking since 1937 and has been praised in Southern Living Magazine. There you’ll enjoy a scrumptious lunch of homemade soup with assorted sandwich & salad plate, beverage and dessert. After your appetite’s been sated it’s on to the latest addition to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center. Among rickhouses where the world’s second-largest supply of Bourbon peacefully ages, the Bourbon Heritage Center offers visitors a chance to explore through interactive exhibits the birth of Bourbon, the role of whiskey-making pioneers such as Evan Williams and the Rev. Elijah Craig, and the process by which some of the world’s most acclaimed Bourbons are produced. At the Bourbon Heritage Center, you can enjoy the “Portrait of Heaven Hill” movie, visit a working Rickhouse, and learn about the romance and lore of Bourbon. Our Bourbon Hosts will lead you on a guided tasting of our fine Bourbons, and you can create your own personalized bottle to take home as a keepsake. Come taste Bourbon’s Heritage!

Monday September 22, 2014 9:00am - 4:00pm
Foyer of KY Ballroom A