In the Fall of 1911, on a lonely ridge near Rosine, Kentucky, Malissa Monroe played the mandolin under a shade tree in the yard of her home. Little did she know the son she would soon give birth to would one day create an entirely new genre of music and come to be known worldwide as the “Father of Bluegrass”.
That tree still stands near the white clapboard house, the birthplace of William Smith Monroe.
The house, overlooking five acres of the original 1,000 acre Monroe farm, was restored in 2001 and is filled with cherished family belongings and signs of a remarkable career.
Vintage photographs placed on rough-hewn fireplace mantels and dressers, tell a story of the early days of Malissa, musical brothers Charlie, Birch, and Speed and the famous Uncle Pen, the fiddler and mentor who was the inspiration for one of Monroe’s most beloved songs.
Travelers from around the world now regularly visit “The Homeplace” of Bill Monroe and Bluegrass Music, to learn of his life, family and the inspiration in his music. Just down the road visitors can pay their respects to Bill and his family in the Rosine cemetery.
Monroe remains the only person ever to be inducted into the trio of the Bluegrass, Country, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. He received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton in 1995.
From North: Follow signs. Take Wm. Natcher Pkwy south to Exit 48. Take Hwy 69 W. to Hwy 231 So., turn left at Hwy. 62 E, go approximately 6 miles, turn right at sign.
From South, East or West:
Follow signs. Take Western KY Pkwy to exit 75. Take 231 North, turn right at Hwy 62 E, go approximately 6 miles, turn right at sign.
6210 Hwy 62 East, Rosine, KY 42349