The small town of Harrodsburg in Mercer County is nestled in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky and is the oldest town in the state. James Harrod and a group of almost 40 men set out in March of 1774 from Pennsylvania to establish a settlement in Kentucky. Harrodstown was founded on June 16th and became the first permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Today, June 16, 2015, Harrodsburg is celebrating its 241st birthday!
We recently made a visit to the old Fort Harrod chocked full of history and a great place to visit with family for a weekend outing.
The great Osage Orange Tree at Fort Harrod is unofficially the largest Osage Orange Tree in the nation, but can’t be officially labeled the largest due to its split trunk. The tree is beautiful and children of all sizes and ages seemed to love climbing around and through the branches of this wonderful old tree.
We visited the Pioneer Cemetery and the grave of Ann McGinty, a noted pioneer woman that brought the first spinning wheel to Kentucky.
The Lincoln Marriage Cabin is believed to be where the marriage of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks took place and is located in Old Fort Harrod State Park.
This was a great trip and one you will enjoy. Harrodsburg is a place worth visiting with great history and unique architecture, shops and restaurants.
Happy 241st birthday HARRODSBURG, KENTUCKY!