Just past The Old Talbott Tavern, an old stagecoach stop, in Bardstown is My Old Kentucky Home, a Georgian-style mansion that was once home to Stephen Foster's
uncle, Judge John Rowan. It was at this home that the songwriter wrote the ballad My Old Kentucky Home
, which is now Kentucky's official state song. Back out in the country the rick houses (barrel aging
warehouses) of Heaven Hill Distillery
loom over the landscape, scattered along the hills like fortresses. The distillery has recovered nicely from a disastrous fire in 1996 during which the original distillery, five rick houses and even the creek below were ablaze. And on we are to Maker's Mark.