Old Fort Harrod State Park

Old Fort Harrod State Park
A reconstructed fort at the center of Old Fort Harrod State Park
Parking lot for the fort, under which the actual fort site lies

Fort Harrod is a park located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. It was named after James Harrod, who led an early party of settlers into Kentucky.[1] The park encompasses 15 acres (61,000 m2), and features a reconstruction of Fort Harrod, the first permanent settlement in the state of 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 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.[2]


  1. ^ "GERMANNA History Notes Page #026 Nr. 631"
  2. ^ 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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Coordinates: 37°45′43″N 84°50′56″W / 37.76194°N 84.84889°W / 37.76194; -84.84889

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