Open and honest discussion about the institution of slavery in the United States is of great importance in understanding the full context of human history. The information included in this history of slavery at Federal Hill is derived from period records and documents. Sources for these records include tax assessments, wills, court cases, letters, and agreements in which some of the Rowan family members engaged in the buying, selling, and trading of slaves.
The complexity of slavery may create an intimidating and uncomfortable discussion for some, however, the presentation of facts and dialogue in regards to slavery does not condemn or cast judgement upon historical figures, rather, it provides a greater understanding of context in regards to 18th and 19th century life during the era of slavery in the United States.
These records of the history of slavery at Federal Hill serve to provide a voice to the enslaved men and women who helped build and maintain its buildings and farmlands, ultimately establishing an inclusive and comprehensive history of Federal Hill.
Slave Life Tours
Our 45-minute guided walking tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Federal Hill, the home of the Rowan family.
My Old Kentucky Home
501 E. Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004