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Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg

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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.AttractionsThe 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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  • We were there for a production of Brigadoon at the amphitheater. This was the perfect place for the performance that takes place mostly outdoors. No concrete stage with curtains, just a beautiful natu...  more »
  • We had not visited here in many years and were not disappointed this time. Not a lot of visitors as it was a weekday. The staff were all friendly and very knowledgable. We made sure to go on a day tha...  more »
  • Price was six dollars for seniors. This was the first town in Kentucky. The fork was fun with staff dressed up in old time costumes talking about what they did in that particular building blacksmith s...  more »
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  • Loved the outdoor amphitheatre! James Harrod- The Battle for Kentucky is performing weekends in July! It was great!
  • Great experience. Rich in history and artifacts. Great place to see primitive life.
  • The locals who volunteer and dress up and settlers are simply amazing. The gunsmith is a very good story teller, as is the broom maker. I was stunned by how small the actual fort was given how many people it once housed and protected. The historical markers and church outside the fort are all worth a visit as well, and the house has lots of nifty things to see especially if you need a little A/C. My favorite thing was this massive tree that split down the middle a hundred years ago and continues to grow. The branches reach out across the ground like The Cracken! It is amazing.
  • Battle reenactment was wonderful. Actors were very friendly and knowledgeable of history.
  • A great place to take the family, you can take a tour of the Museum all the pieces of History from Lincoln's Cabin to artifacts from the past are amazing, and not mention the tour of the Old Long Cabin's the Fort pieces of History captured in each Cabin as they were. The Theater where they reenact Daniel Boone and Lincoln. But it doesn't stop there the Park where you can unwind and allow the children to play until their heart's are content, there are many areas for a Family Cookout, and to also walk your pet's.