County Named / Mercer County
- For Gen. Hugh Mercer, ca. 1725-77. A native of Scotland, he came to America about 1746. Officer in French and Indian War, 1755-59. Served with Washington. Was the commandant at Fort Pitt. Hero in Revolution. Instrumental in success at Trenton, 1776, and Princeton, 1777, where he was bayonetted to death by Hessians. He owned 13,000 acres in Ky. District.
- Formed by Virginia Act in 1785, before Kentucky became a state. Included most of present Anderson and Boyle, part of Franklin, Casey, Garrard counties. First permanent English settlement west of the Alleghenies, founded as Harrodstown by James Harrod, 1774. Harrodsburg seat of government of Kentucky County, 1776; Lincoln County, 1780; Mercer County, 1785. Over.
Erected 1969 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1258.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, French and Indian
Location. 37° 45.62′ N, 84° 50.62′ W. Marker is in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in Mercer County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker located on Courthouse lawn. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrodsburg KY 40330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel George Morgan Chinn, USMC / Weapons Expert (here, next to this marker); Court House Square (a few steps from this marker); Mercer County Before Kentucky Became a State (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrodsburg Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Lawyer’s Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrodsburg Christian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan Row (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blue Front Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrodsburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 12, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.