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Old Fort Harrod State Park
Kentucky State Park
The reconstructed fort at the center of Old Fort Harrod State Park
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Mercer
 - coordinates 37°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
Area 15 acres (6 ha)
Established 1927 [1]
Managed by Kentucky Department of Parks
Locator Red.svg
Location in Kentucky
Location in Kentucky
Website : Old Fort Harrod State Park
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Old Fort Harrod State Park

Parking lot for the fort, under which the actual fort site lies

Old Fort Harrod State Park is a park located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The park encompasses 15 acres (6.1 ha) and features a reconstruction of Fort Harrod, the first permanent settlement in the state of Kentucky. The fort was named after James Harrod, who led an early party of settlers into Kentucky.[2]


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 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.[1] The park also features the cabin where Abraham Lincoln's parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, were married.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "History". Old Fort Harrod State Park. Kentucky Department of Parks. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. John Blankenbaker (April 6, 2011). "Page #026, Nr. 631". Germanna History Notes. 
  3. 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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