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By Ken Smith, August 18, 2013
An Early Derby Winner / Another Derby Winner Marker
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1295 — An Early Derby Winner / Another Derby Winner
An Early Derby Winner Leonatus, the 1883 Kentucky Derby winner, owned by Col. Jack Chinn and George Morgan, at old Leonatus Farm, 7 mi. east, in Mercer Co. By Longfellow, out of Semper Felix, by *Phaeton, as a three-year-old, within a . . . — Map (db m68288) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1343 — Boone's CaveNot Open To Public
Only cave in Kentucky historically verified as used by Daniel Boone. He spent rest of winter in cave alone after companion, John Stuart, was killed in January, 1770, the first recorded white man killed by Indians in Ky. Boone joined in summer by . . . — Map (db m68252) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1335 — Early Gun Shop Site / Civil War Armorer
Early Gun Shop Site Here Benjamin Mills made some of finest rifles in US, ca. 1830-50. His muzzle loaders famous for dual trigger system. Used by Kit Carson and Dr. Christopher Graham, conceded to be best rifle shot in world at that . . . — Map (db m46252) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 45 — Fort Harrod
Begun in 1774 by James Harrod and Company, the Fort was crucial to the settlement of Harrodsburg and Kentucky. The present replica was erected in 1927 on Old Fort Hill also known as Seminary Hill. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the Fort in . . . — Map (db m46261) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1874 — Gabriel Slaughter1767 - 1830
Called "lieutenant governor and acting governor," Gabriel Slaughter directed the Commonwealth, 1816-20, after death of Gov. Madison. In spite of succession controversy, the Mercer Co. farmer-soldier, Ky. congressman, and twice lt. gov. earned . . . — Map (db m68248) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1297 — Graham Springs
As early as 1807, springs in this area were used as a spa. In 1827, Dr. Christopher C. Graham purchased the springs. This "Saratoga of the West" flourished until 1853, when sold to US Gov't. as a military asylum. Fire later destroyed main buildings . . . — Map (db m68313) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 551 — Harrodsburg Springs
An exclusive spa was located here from 1820-1853, then sold to U.S. Government as Western Military Asylum for aged veterans. After main building burned, veterans were moved in 1859 to Washington, D.C. Ballroom and cottages were opened Oct. 8, 1862 . . . — Map (db m46251) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1877 — James Harrod
Born in Pa., this explorer and military leader came here in 1774. Chose Big Spring as site of Ky.'s first settlement. When that area flooded, he and his men built Fort Harrod on higher ground. James Harrod led in protecting area and promoting . . . — Map (db m46254) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 72 — John McMurtry’s Station
John and Elizabeth McCoun McMurtry established this station around 1780, and the log house presumed to be part of the station still exists within this structure. Captain McMurtry survived the Battle of Blue Licks but was captured, required to . . . — Map (db m105457) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — Lincoln Marriage Temple
The parents of our nation's sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, were Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. In this cabin, on June 12, 1806, they were married by Reverend Jesse Head. — Map (db m46322) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1325 — Neighbors-Governors / Mercer Governors
Neighbors-Governors? <--- Former home, grave, of Gabriel Slaughter, governor 1816-20. Born in Virginia, 1767. Died here, 1830. While in office, advocated state support for the public schools. ---> Former home of John Adair, governor . . . — Map (db m68245) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1637 — Original Fort Harrod Site
(obverse) 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 . . . — Map (db m46253) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — Osage Orange Tree
Circa late 18th century Tree crown is 76’ Tree height is 88’ Circumference of tree standing 12’-4” Diameter at breast height 56” This tree is taller and broader than the National Champion, but remains Unofficial . . . — Map (db m46522) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — Pioneer Graveyard
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. — Map (db m46523) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — The Baptist Tabernacle of The Wilderness
Scene of the first series of religious services conducted in Kentucky by Reverend Thomas Tinsley a Baptist Minister, assisted by William Hickman April - May 1776. The spreading Elm was the pioneers' first sanctuary. — Map (db m68272) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — The Lincoln Marriage Cabin
The marriage of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks took place on the Beechland property of Nancy’s uncle, Richard Berry Sr., in Washington County, about twenty-five miles southwest of here, on June 12, 1806. The ceremony was presided over by the . . . — Map (db m46317) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — The Lincoln Move to the Frontier
The Lincoln family first came to America in the seventeenth century, originally settling in the Massachusetts Bay colony. The Lincolns continued to move throughout the colonies, settling in present-day New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Thomas . . . — Map (db m46319) HM
Kentucky (Mercer County), Harrodsburg — 1530 — Wilderness Revival
Scene of the first of a series of religious revivals conducted in Kentucky during April and May of 1776. The Rev. Thomas Tinsley, a Baptist minister, was assisted by William Hickman in meetings held here under a spreading elm tree. The tree was only . . . — Map (db m68254) HM

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