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Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg

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Historic Site
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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  • This fort is pleasant to walk and full of history. We only wish the museum had been open when we were there. I guess we'll just have to return.  more »
  • The museum was just opened today April 1 for the season so I was glad we caught that although they said the costumed reenactors don't start again for the summer season until later in April. It was a n...  more »
  • As there is a lot of history here about the old fort and people who was here. Rogers Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, planned his trip here. Abe Lincoln's parents was married at this site in a...  more »
  • Fun reconstruction full of Kentucky history My family and I visited the fort on a fall afternoon. There were at least a half-dozen costumed interpreters who were very engaging and friendly. There were a number of structures that you could enter--and in several the second level was open to the public. The gift shop included a number of knickknacks and Kentucky products for sale. A number of shaded picnic tables are available. The price also included access to the Lincoln Marriage Chapel and the Mansion Museum. The first is a structure protecting the cabin where Abraham Lincoln's parents were married in 1806. The later is a historic house full of artifacts from various periods of Kentucky history. Note that no photographs are permitted in the museum. Also in the off season the museum isn't open and admission is reduced to just include the fort. If you enjoy Kentucky history it is worth a morning or afternoon visit.
  • Great place! I grew up in the area and always loved visiting the fort. The history is awesome and they do a wonderful job of bringing it back to life here.
  • Great place to learn about Kentucky history! The staff are friendly and have a lot if knowledge about the old fort. The gift shop is nice to pick up a few items
  • Very kind staff with a wonderful knowledge of the history of the fort. A little hot though.
  • Beautiful park! We have been half a dozen times and still enjoy it like the first. This place the absolute best climbing tree ever.