The Coolest Place in History

Step into history– touch and feel it too

Old Fort Harrod State Park

A full-scale replica of the fort built by James Harrod in 1774 is the centerpiece of Old Fort Harrod State Park. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude tools and implements used by the pioneers. Interpreters transport guests to the days of pioneers.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. Home to the third largest Shaker community in the United States between 1805 and 1910, the site offers experiences designed to expand imaginations and inspire generations. 

Research your ancestry or just cool facts

Harrodsburg Historical Society

The Harrodsburg Historical Society was chartered in 1908 and is dedicated to preserving the history of Harrodsburg & Mercer County. With a rich collection of historical and genealogical resources along with skilled volunteers to assist researching is a breeze. Call or visit today to find out about monthly meetings, seasonal programs and more. 

Mercer County Public Library

The Mercer County Public Library serves the entire community as a center for learning and recreation. We have decades of newspaper on microfilm as well as government records for history buffs tracking down their own genealogy or just wanting to learn more.

Dutch ancestry? Join the Dutch Cousins

Old Mud Meeting House

Old Mud Meeting House provides an impressive counterweight to the view of early Kentucky architecture as the product of Virginian and English impulses.

Visit memorials dedicated to battles fought and soldiers lost

World War II Bataan March Memorial

A World War II M-4 tank commemorates the Harrodsburg Tankers, a Kentucky National Guard unit called to active duty prior to WWII. They fought to defend Bataan and Corregidor during a critical battle of World War II. They endured “The Bataan Death March,” and more than three years as prisoners of war before returning to Kentucky.

beriah monument
Beriah Magoffin Monument

Beriah Magoffin, who was governor of Kentucky (1859-62) when the Civil War started, is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery where his monument stands in commemoration.  Although sympathetic to secession, he sought to retain neutrality for Kentucky for the conflict, until pro-Union forces compelled him to resign from the governorship.

Find unique architecture in our historic downtown district

old main street pic
Downtown Historic District

In the heart of downtown Harrodsburg lies a National Register Historic District with a streetscape reminiscent of an earlier time. Most of the preserved buildings within this area date back to the 1880s and 1890s.