Originally known as Pioneer Memorial State Park, the modern version of the fort was a third smaller and just south of the original structure. The reconstructed fort gives visitors a glimpse of life on the Kentucky frontier. The 22-acre park contains the fort, the Mansion Museum, a Greek Revival house built in 1813, the Lincoln Marriage Temple, a brick structure that houses the cabin where Abraham Lincoln’s parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, were married, the Pioneer Cemetery, the oldest burial site for Kentucky’s first settlers, and the George Rogers Clark Memorial dedicated in 1934 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to commemorate those pioneers who opened up the western frontier for settlement.
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 also contains pioneer books, documents, musical instruments, and tools. There is a room dedicated to the memory of Kentucky native son Abraham Lincoln and the Union cause in Kentucky and a room dedicated to native son Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy.
Old Fort Harrod State Park grounds have picnic areas and a craft and gift shop. The park also has the largest Osage-orange tree in the nation. For many years the James Harrod Amphitheatre hosted the “Legend of Daniel Boone.” This popular outdoor drama celebrated the adventures of Kentucky’s most famous pioneer.
PARK CONTACT INFORMATION:
Old Fort Harrod State Park
100 S. College St.
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Phone: (859) 734-3314
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