Old Fort Harrod State Historic Site

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Old Fort Harrod State Historic Site

Kentucky

(859) 734-3314

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Overview

Preserving Kentucky's pioneer history, the fort has been reconstructed near the site of the original. Heavy timbers form stockade walls and enclose the cabins and blockhouses. Interpreters in period-correct clothing perform pioneer tasks such as woodworking, weaving, broommaking, and blacksmithing and tend the farm animals and gardens.

The Lincoln Marriage Temple shelters the original log cabin where Abraham Lincoln's parents were married in 1806, and the Mansion Museum houses Civil War artifacts, a gun display, Native American artifacts and a collection of Lincoln memorabilia.

Map of Old Fort Harrod (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.761691, -84.846940

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    The picnic grounds behind the amphitheater offer the best opportunities for bird watching.

  • Historic Sites

    Interpreters in period-correct clothing perform pioneer tasks such as woodworking, weaving, broommaking, and blacksmithing and tend the farm animals and gardens.

    The Lincoln Marriage Temple shelters the original log cabin where Abraham Lincoln's parents were married in 1806, and the Mansion Museum houses Civil War artifacts, a gun display, Native American artifacts and a collection of Lincoln memorabilia.

    The Mansion Museum is an original structure dating to 1813 when it was Federalist Style, and then underwent additions to make it a Greek Revival. It houses an impressive collection of artifacts dating from the 15th or 16th century through the early 1900's, including one of the best collections of fire arms, from early flint locks to civil war era muskets. The museum is included in the fort admission. Fort closed Sat & Sun, Dec 1 - Feb 29 Museum closed Nov 1 - Mar 31.

    There is an indoor and outdoor theater available for rent.

    A gift shop is available within the Fort. You can find a variety of Kentucky Proud products, Kentucky handcrafts, books, music, gift items, jewelry, pottery, souvenirs, children's items, and many more unique items.

    Fort closed Sat & Sun, Dec 1 - Feb 29; Museum closed Nov 1 - Mar 31.

  • Picnicking

    Feel free to enjoy a lunch, snack, or relax on the property.

Directions

Driving

The park is 32 miles southwest of Lexington on US 68 in Harrodsburg.

Phone Numbers

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(859) 734-3314

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