my old kentucky home
Brad De Long notes that American songwriter Stephen Foster "lived in Pittsburgh pretty much his entire life. Yet this guy from Pittsburgh created an amazing amount of what we now think of as southern and western folk music: "The Old Folks at Home", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Old Black Joe", "Massa's in the Cold, Cold Ground", "Oh, Susannah!", "Camptown Races", and others," and asks "What's a guy from Pittsburgh doing writing songs about ... Kentucky plantation mansions?"
In the comments, I note that "I can't speak to any of the other songs, but having grown up in Louisville, Kentucky, I can attest that My Old Kentucky Home actually exists. Foster's cousins owned the home, and he wrote the song after a visit. I've toured the place, which is actually in Bardstown, myself."