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Harrodsburg/Mercer
County  Tourist Commission

 488 Price Avenue, PO Box 283
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
 800-355-9192 / 859-734-2364
 tourism@harrodsburgky.com



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One-Day Highlight Tour

Begin the day at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a National Historic Landmark that inspires generations of guests through discovery, by sharing the legacies of the Kentucky Shakers.  Thirty-four original Shaker structures remain, along with 3,000 acres of conserved land.  The village buzzes with a challenging schedule of hands-on programs, music and tours in The Historic Centre, sustainability talks and organic workshops in The Farm, and recreational activities and hikes in The Preserve. (2 1/2 hours)

For lunch, The Trustees’ Table serves traditional favorites and seasonal Kentucky dishes prepared with straight-from-the-garden ingredients.  Steeped in tradition, seasonal menus celebrate Shaker Village’s roots by featuring dishes made of fresh ingredients from the garden and local farmers.  (1 hour)

The Shops offer signature Shaker oval boxes, tightly-sewn broom and seasonally-inspired gifts, as well as unique children’s gifts, books, soaps and lotions, tervis tumblers jams and jellies, Shaker reproductions and more.

Take a trip back in time on the Kentucky River aboard the sternwheeler Dixie Belle. You will marvel at the river's high limestone cliffs and untouched natural surroundings as the excursion takes you under High Bridge, an engineering wonder when it was built in 1807. (1 hour)

Once a frontier territory, Harrodsburg was founded in 1774 as the first permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. An excellent way to begin your afternoon is to absorb the history of Kentucky's oldest settlement, which is showcased at Old Fort Harrod State Park. Learn about fort life by exploring a live animal corral or by visiting with costumed craftspeople as they carry out the chores of the state's early pioneers. Observe blacksmithing, broommaking, weaving, woodworking, tinsmithing and dollmaking demonstrations in the fort blockhouses. Browse through the Mansion Museum, which displays an outstanding collection of Kentucky and Indian artifacts, Civil War relics, music boxes and a Lincoln collection. (2 hours)

Savor a taste of history at Beaumont Inn, built in 1845 as a prestigious girls' school. The fourth and fifth generation of the same family operates the inn, which enjoys an international reputation for its excellent service and Southern hospitality. After the ringing of the dinner bell, feast on traditional Kentucky fare. "Yellow-legged" fried chicken, corn pudding and two-year old country ham are favorites on the menu. (1 hour)

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2nd Day Highlights or Options

Experience more than 200 years of history on the Historic Walking / Driving Tour. Pass by stately pre-Civil War homes, churches, and businesses -- all prime examples of the various styles of architecture used in Kentucky. Most all of the 85 sites are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. (1 hour)

Of interest to genealogy buffs, the Harrodsburg Historical Society is a worthwhile stop. The society's headquarters is located in Morgan Row, believed to be the oldest row house standing west of the Alleghenies. The genealogical and research library contains rare books, documents, maps, family and subject files, census records and material dealing with the early history of the area. (1 1/2 hours)

The Downtown Historic District, in the heart of Harrodsburg, is 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. Allow plenty of time to explore over thirty Antique and Craft Shops in the downtown area. Stop in Dedman Drugstore (c.1860) a unique Main Street property that retains all of the original cherry cabinetry.  Admire the stained glass windows and cherry paneling, which enclose the pharmacist’s station.  The Kentucky Fudge Company invites you to sit a spell in the café or at the original soda fountain and browse the early drug store memorabilia on display. (1/2 hour). Visit Olde Towne Park, located on Main Street, which features a sculptured 14 x 32-foot cascading fountain. This unique creation of public art was inspired by the scenic palisades found along the Kentucky River located on the eastern border of Mercer County. (1-2 hours)

A variety of recreational opportunities can be enjoyed throughout the year. Herrington Lake, a 3600-acre manmade lake is the perfect spot to launch a boat and cast a fishing line. The lake is stocked with a variety of bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. A trophy fish is waiting to be caught! Also, the Kentucky River is an excellent location for camping, canoeing and fishing. This waterway is accessible to the public and is home to the picturesque palisades.

Spend the day swinging your clubs at Bright Leaf Golf Resort. A challenging course offers 36-holes of golf ranging from a 9-hole par three executive course to a championship 18-hole layout.

While in horse country, saddle-up for a ride at Big Red Stables. A picturesque 1000-acre farm provides plenty of space to enjoy horseback riding.

 

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