Old Fort Harrod, KentuckyOld Fort Harrod, Kentucky

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For those who want to visit a witness fort of the West Conquest...

My experience, Explo description: 

In 1774, James Harrod established at that place the first permanent settlement west of the Alleghenies Mountains.

Since, the fort has been reconstructed not really far from the original place. It is made of heavy timbers form stockade walls who enclose cabins and blockhouses.

Unfortunately, the fort is nowadays surrounded by the Harrodsburg city...

Don’t miss the costumed craftspeople performances. They show pioneer tasks such as woodworking, weaving, basketry, etc...

My personal recommendations: 

Don’t miss also the Marriage temple : this is the original temple where Abraham Lincoln’s parents were married in 1806.

How getting there: 

The fort is 32 miles south west of Lexington on US 68 in Harrodsburg.

A tip to sleep: 

The closest big city is Lexington. But you can lodge in Harrodsburg.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Closed on weekends in December, January and February, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas week.

March 16 thru October 31 — 9:00AM to 5:00PM
November 1 thru March 15 — 9:00AM to 4:30PM

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Entry fees: 

Admission fee to get into the fort.


Old Fort Harrod State Park
100 South College Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330-0156