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Bardstown in Nelson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Harrison-Smith House

Circa 1795 & 1815

 
 
The Harrison-Smith House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 2, 2014
1. The Harrison-Smith House Marker
Inscription. One of the oldest houses in Bardstown, the west side stone portion has to date from before 1795. On one side of the "settled lots," improved by Samuel Duncan under the lottery terms of settlement, it was the residence of both William Pope Duval and his brother-in-law, Dr. Burr Harrison after 1800. In the "Crayon Papers," author Washington Irving recorded the early experiences of Ralph Ringwood, based on the "real-life" adventures of young Duval. One famous incident, "The Stolen Kiss," which ultimately led to his marriage to Nancy Hynes, was believed by family members to have probably taken place at his home. William Pope Duval went on to become a famous lawyer and member of the Pleidas Club, famous for its renowned members. In 1822, Duval was appointed first Territorial Governor of Florida by President Monroe, reappointed under Adams and Jackson. After 1860, Dr. Alfred Smith practiced medicine here with an office on the west end of the house. His descendants continued in the home as residents through the year 2000.
 
Location. 37° 48.524′ N, 85° 28.01′ W. Marker is in Bardstown, Kentucky, in Nelson County. Marker is on South Third Street (U.S. 31E/150), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the Southeast quadrant of the town
The Harrison-Smith House image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, June 2, 2014
2. The Harrison-Smith House
This view is looking towards the East-Southeast
square/circle in front of the light yellow/cream colored Harrison-Smith House. Marker is in this post office area: Bardstown KY 40004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bardstown (within shouting distance of this marker); McLean House (within shouting distance of this marker); Nelson County World War I, World War II, Korean War, & Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam 1969 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Talbott Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); County Named, 1784 (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederates Here/Confederate Raids and Invasions and a Federal Retreat in Kentucky (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fitch Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bardstown.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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