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Harrodsburg in Mercer County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Pioneer Graveyard

 
 
Pioneer Graveyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Pioneer Graveyard Marker
Inscription.
This graveyard was just
South of Fort Harrod.
The original fort was
located on the hill where
our present day parking
lot is. Over 480 grave
stones still remain in this
pioneer graveyard.

 
Location. 37° 45.74′ N, 84° 50.85′ W. Marker is in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from West Lexington Street west of South College Street (U.S. 127), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Old Fort Harrod State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South College Street, Harrodsburg KY 40330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Fort Harrod Site (within shouting distance of this marker); James Harrod (within shouting distance of this marker); Osage Orange Tree (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Marriage Temple (about 500 feet away); The Lincoln Move to the Frontier (about 500 feet away); The Lincoln Marriage Cabin (about 500 feet away); Fort Harrod (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
Pioneer Graveyard image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Pioneer Graveyard
(Submitted on August 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts, Castles
 
Historic Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
3. Historic Cemetery
This historic cemetery was used from 1775, when the fort was built, until about 1833. Most of the graves up to 1800 are only marked by rough unlettered stones. The different grave markings clearly define the progress of civilization at the date of burial, and the materials to be had at the time.
Catherine image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
4. Catherine
Daughter of Mathias & Sara Bush
Died October 8th, 1800
Age 2 years, 2 months, 25 days
Mysterious fate of James Harrod image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
5. Mysterious fate of James Harrod
The dust of many courageous men, women and children who braved the perils of a pathless wilderness, has made sacred this historic spot. It seems irony of fate, however, that the brave and intrepid James Harrod, who gave the town its name, should lie in an unknown and unmarked grave. He failed to return from one of his frequent hunting expeditions, his fate shrouded in mystery.
1832 T.J. Head image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
6. 1832 T.J. Head
This is said to be the grave of Thomas Jefferson Head, a son of Jesse Head, the pioneer preacher who united the parents of Abraham Lincoln (Thomas Lincoln & Nancy Hanks) in 1806
Ann McGinty image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
7. Ann McGinty
Noted pioneer women Ann McGinty, lies buried here. She brought the first spinning wheel to Kentucky. Ann McGinty departed this life in 1815
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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