Department of Parks
Bailey Named Park Manager at My Old Kentucky Home State Park

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 13, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson,
502-564-4270, ext 168

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Matthew Colin Bailey has been chosen as the park manager at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker announced today.


Bailey is a University of Kentucky graduate with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and is working to complete a masters in historic preservation.  Bailey has worked as a research assistant at the University of Kentucky, for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Division of Historic Properties, and at Belle Meade Plantation Historic Site in Nashville. He has most recently served as lead designer and director of advertising at Willow Branch Partners in Franklin, Tennessee.


Bailey, a native of Elkton, is president and founder of the Green River Academy Preservation Society. Bailey also founded the Guthrie Transportation Museum.


My Old Kentucky Home State Park includes the historic mansion called Federal Hill. Construction of Federal Hill was started by John Rowan in 1795 and was completed in 1818. The historic home is the subject of Stephen Foster’s song, “My Old Kentucky Home,” which is also the Kentucky state song. The park also has an 18-hole golf course, campground, picnic area and a summertime theatrical production – “The Stephen Foster Story.”






The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at