Old Fort Harrod State Park

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Old Fort Harrod State Park (Formerly Harrodstown)
Old Fort Harrod State Park.jpg
The reconstructed fort at the center of Old Fort Harrod State Park
Map showing the location of Old Fort Harrod State Park (Formerly Harrodstown)
Map showing the location of Old Fort Harrod State Park (Formerly Harrodstown)
Location in Kentucky
LocationHarrodsburg, Mercer, Kentucky, United States
Coordinates37°45′43″N 84°50′56″W / 37.76194°N 84.84889°W / 37.76194; -84.84889Coordinates: 37°45′43″N 84°50′56″W / 37.76194°N 84.84889°W / 37.76194; -84.84889[1]
Area15 acres (6.1 ha)
Elevation873 ft (266 m)[1]
Governing bodyKentucky Department of Parks
WebsiteOld Fort Harrod State Park

Old Fort Harrod State Park is a park located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky in the United States. The park encompasses 15 acres (6.1 ha) and features a reconstruction of Fort Harrod, the first permanent American settlement in the state of Kentucky. The fort was named after James Harrod, who led an early party of settlers into Kentucky.[3]


The reconstructed fort contains several log structures representing various aspects of military frontier life, including a militia blockhouse, a family blockhouse, several cabins demonstrating pioneer life, a blab school, the minister's cabin, and the leader's cabin.

The Mansion Museum is a Greek Revival home that contains American Civil War artifacts, a McIntosh gun collection, paintings, documents, music collections, Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and Native American artifacts.[2]

The park also features the cabin where Abraham Lincoln's parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, were married.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Old Fort Harrod State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "History". Old Fort Harrod State Park. Kentucky Department of Parks. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  3. ^ John Blankenbaker (April 6, 2011). "Page #026, Nr. 631". Germanna History Notes.
  4. ^ Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Parks, State". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0.

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