Harrodsburg in Mercer County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Original Fort Harrod Site
A crude fortification was located at "The Big Spring," 1774. Warned of impending Indian war, Harrod and his men were ordered east to participate in Dunmore's War. They returned in 1775 and chose this site on high ground; it was more defensible and did not flood. The fort was later used as school and jail; finally deteriorated. Replica constructed on present site, 1927.
[Metal photograph of original fort with description of items in and around it.]
© 1977 by Reader's Digest Staff Artist, Nick Calabrese
Erected 1978 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1637.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 45.764′ N, 84° 50.834′ W. Marker is in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of West Lexington Street and Fort Street, on the right when traveling west on West Lexington Street. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Harrod (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Osage Orange Tree (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Marriage Temple (about 400 feet away); The Lincoln Move to the Frontier (about 500 feet away); Fort Harrod (about 500 feet away); The Lincoln Marriage Cabin (about 500 feet away); Harrodsburg Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrodsburg.
Also see . . . Old Fort Harrod State Park. Kentucky State Parks (Submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 478 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.