Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg

Old Fort Harrod State Park is a park located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky in the United States. The park encompasses 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.
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.
The park also features the cabin where Abraham Lincoln's parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, were married.
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  • This place was amazing, all of the employees were like talking to living history books. Their knowledge of the era was unmatched. Want some history in a great setting, give the fort a try, you won’t b...  more »
  • Excellent representation of the the first American settlement west of the Allegheny River. Great staff, who are very knowledgeable in the history and lifestyle of early Kentucky and the United States.  more »
  • Interesting part of Ky/US history. It will still be a couple weeks though until they are back in full operation with the reenactors for the season. Would make the experience more enjoyable.
  • This is one of the largest tourist attractions in this little town. What a let down. There is a giant osage orange tree that you can climb. That's the best part. Lots of shade. A really neat old cemetery if you're into that kind of thing. But mostly it all looks old and rundown, and not very well maintained

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