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Description - Information courtesy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Heavy timbers form stockade walls and enclose the cabins and blockhouses. Costumed craftspeople perform pioneer tasks such as woodworking, weaving, basketry and blacksmithing and tend the farm animals and gardens.

The Lincoln Marriage Temple shelters the original log cabin where Abraham Lincoln’s parents were married in 1806, and the Mansion Museum houses Civil War artifacts, a gun display, Native American artifacts and a collection of Lincoln memorabilia.

Attractions - Osage Orange Tree is one of the most unique trees in the nation, this specimen is a must-see. This tree is taller and broader than the national champion, but remains the unofficial national champion because of its split trunk. Circa late 18th century.

Old Fort Harrod State Park has a wonderful gift shop/ museum store. Our shop has a wide variety of unique gifts, books, music, crafts, food products, handmade items, children’s items, Kentucky handcrafts, souvenirs and many other items.

Ann McGinty Blockhouse is an additional point of interest. Ann Kennedy Wilson Poague Lindsay McGinty brought the first spinning wheel to Kentucky. Widowed three times out of four marriages, her second husband made the first loom in Kentucky, and her third husband was killed in the Battle of Blue Licks.

In the George Rogers Clark Blockhouse, George Rogers Clark planned his great northwest campaign, which secured the Old Northwest and opened westward expansion.

Recreation - A picnic shelter with a beautiful view is available for rental from March 16 through October 31. Shelter contains restrooms. One end of the picnic shelter has a beautiful rock fireplace. Tables and outdoor grills are available. The playground is located near the picnic shelter and contains many items of playground equipment.

Climate - This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.

Location - The park is 32 miles southwest of Lexington on US 68 in Harrodsburg.

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Contact Information:
Old Fort Harrod State Park, 100 South College Street , Harrodsburg, KY, 40330-0156 , Phone: 859-734-3314
, FortHarrod@ky.gov

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