National Geographic : 1934 Jun
) Itatlonal ueograpnic society FEDERAL HILL IS A TREASURE HOUSE OF ANTIQUES On such an instrument fashioned by Ambler, the early American master piano maker, Foster first played many of his immortal songs, although he actually composed them on a small flute. From the songs of the slaves of this mansion house, the composer drew inspiration for many of his old favorites, such as "Old Black Joe" and "Massa's in de Cold, Cold Ground." Finlay Photographs by Edwin L.Wisherd THE DOORWAY OF "MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME" For 127 years Federal Hill, near Bardstown, was inthe family ofJudge John Rowan, one of Kentucky's early settlers, whose son was arelative of Stephen Collins Foster. While visiting here the composer wrote his famous song which lent its familiar name tothe house. The property passed tothe State in 1922 to become a shrine tothe musician.