Heart of Bardstown, Ky.
postcard shows scenes from the Bardstown area from the turn of the
century -- sort of a 19th-century Nelson County tourist brochure.
What makes the card most unique is the red heart on its photo side:
It swings opens from the right, and inside is a folded strip of paper
printed with 8 photos depicting Nelson County points of interest.
on the card is dated September 15, 1908 -- about 15 years before
Federal Hill - the Rowan family home - officially became a state
shrine (and later My Old Kentucky Home State Park). The postcard is
addressed to a "Miss Maude Hardin, St. Joseph, Mo." and the
sender was Lila Hardin. Due to the complex nature of the card,
instructions state that it was mailable for one cent, but could
contain no message to the addressee -- only the name of the sender.
The card bears a 1907 copyright from the Glazier Art Co., Boston,
Mass., "controlled by Samuel Ward Co."
photos on the fold-out strip depict a few activities and places that
aren't well-known today (for example, fox hunting is mentioned on the
body of the card; I don't think fox hunts are very common now). These
photos are literally thumbnails -- about the size of your thumb --
and they are only in fair shape for being 90-odd years old. The
quality is poor, but hey, they're certainly unique for what they offer.
Check out the
photos below, and if you have suggestions or care to add any
information, please drop me an e-mail.
TO ENLARGE PHOTOS.
Located in the Bardstown Cemetery. In 1998, the Sons of the
Confederacy laid a wreath honoring the dead. Not many folks know
about the memorial these days. In September & October 1999, the
group continued efforts to restore and erect grave markers for fallen
At first, I thought this was a photo of what was known as "St.
Joe Cave" when I was growing up. However, my memory tells me the
cave opening looks to too high up the hillside to be St. Joe Cave.
Your guess is as good as mine.
I think this was out near Gethsemani in southern Nelson County, near
Culvertown. I've mislaid my book on Nelson County history, but I'll
correct this when I find out where it was.
This was shot from the second story of the courthouse. Third Street
looks like mostly dirt and mud to me.
It was only a few years old then, certainly the pride of Nelson County.
GRAVE: The location looks pretty desolate, but this is the old
Pioneer Cemetery on the corner of West John Fitch and South Fourth
Street in Bardstown. Fitch was later honored with a monument honoring
him as inventor of the steamboat, and his remains were moved to the
monument on the Court Square.
No clue where this is. I'd never jump off a cliff because some gal
broke my heart. If I did, I'd have worn a path to the top of this outlook!
ST. JOSEPH COLLEGE:
Later became St. Joe Prep, and now Spalding Hall. Photo must be in
the dead of winter, it looks mighty desolate.