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Near Prospect in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Harrod's Creek

 
 
Harrod's Creek Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
1. Harrod's Creek Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  James Taylor (1885-1965) was chiefly responsible for the modern Harrods Creek community. Ambitious entrepreneur, Taylor purchased land from Mary Shirley Helm in 1919 and began to sell lots to other African Americans in 1923. The Taylor Subdivision became the nucleus for a thriving suburban African American community.

African American community near Harrods Creek developed after Civil War when large estates were subdivided and African Americans settled in southern Oldham Co., along Harrods Cr., in Prospect, and in "The Neck" near Hoskins Rd. The Jacob School, built 1916 and named for former slave Jefferson Jacob, is a surviving landmark.
Presented by African American Heritage Foundation.

 
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2038.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location.
Harrod's Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
2. Harrod's Creek Marker
38° 20.618′ N, 85° 37.252′ W. Marker is near Prospect, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Shirley Avenue, on the right when traveling west on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7600 River Road, Prospect KY 40059, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Merriwether House (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Kentucky Soldiers’ Home (approx. 1.3 miles away); Wolf Pen Corridor / Wolf Pen Preservation Association, Inc. (approx. 3.1 miles away); Early Jewish Congregations (approx. 3.7 miles away); George Rogers Clark At Locust Grove / Lewis and Clark in Kentucky - Locust Grove (approx. 4.6 miles away); Col. Richard Taylor (1744-1829)/George Rudy (1744-1806) (approx. 4.6 miles away); Zachary Taylor Home (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Zachary Taylor Home (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prospect.
 
Also see . . .  Harrods Creek / Prospect. From Historic Louisville Guide. (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 25 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 5, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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Mar. 5, 2021