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Old Fort Harrod State Park

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Old Fort Harrod State Park
Kentucky State Park
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The reconstructed fort at the center of Old Fort Harrod State Park
The reconstructed fort at the center of Old Fort Harrod State Park
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Mercer
Location
 - 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
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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
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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]

Attractions

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]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "History". Old Fort Harrod State Park. Kentucky Department of Parks. http://parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/fort-harrod/history.aspx. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. John Blankenbaker (April 6, 2011). "Page #026, Nr. 631". Germanna History Notes. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~george/johnsgermnotes/germhs26.html. 
  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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