ARTS COUNCIL OF MERCER COUNTY STUDIO & GALLERY
120 S. Main Street
Local artists proudly display their unique works of art for purchase including original, handcrafted paintings/drawings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, metal, wood, fiber and more. The Studio offers various events, classes, workshops and shows throughout the year.
Thu – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
HARRODSBURG POST OFFICE
105 N. Main Street
Admire the scenic murals entitled “Frontier Life in Kentucky” hand-painted by Orville Carroll and Charles Goodwin in 1941. Each of the six scenes illustrates early pioneer life in Kentucky’s first settlement.
HARRODSBURG WALL MURAL
Mercer County Court House
207 W. Lexington Street
The 15’ X 53’ mural, painted on the back wall of the Court House (faces N. College Street/US Hwy 127 N), was designed by local artist Paul Mulder. The scene portrays the massive Osage Orange tree, one of the most unique trees in the nation, located on the grounds of Old Fort Harrod State Park and a statute of James Harrod, the founder of Harrodsburg.
HISTORIC HARRODSBURG WALKING & DRIVING TOUR
488 Price Avenue
859/734-2364 or 800/355-9192
Many of Harrodsburg’s historic buildings and pioneer-era stations are highlighted on a self-guided walking/driving tour. Whether you travel by foot or car, you’ll learn what role the historic attractions and architecture played in the heritage of our people. Most of the tour’s components are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and encompass over 200 years of history. You’ll pass by stately pre-Civil War homes, churches and businesses-all prime examples of various styles of architecture used in Kentucky from the 1700s up to the Great Depression of the 1930s. A tour brochure is available at the Diamond Point Welcome Center.
MERCER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
109 W. Lexington Street
Rotating exhibits are displayed in the foyer gallery, which highlights a 15-foot iron sculptural screen created to commemorate Mercer County’s agricultural traditions. The design element includes locally donated implements once used to work the land.
HOURS: Mon.-Thu.,9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
OLDE TOWNE PARK
125-127 S. Main Street
859/734-2364 or 800/355-9192
This city park contains a unique piece of public art, which is wholly in character. The centerpiece for the park is a 14 x 32-foot cascading fountain by local artist Zoe Strecker. Inspiration for the fountain came from the dramatic limestone gorge of the Kentucky River known as the “Palisades”. The waterwall is high relief ceramic sculpture, shaped and fired as 8 x 16-inch tiles in Strecker’s studio. Native floras are featured on the tiles, which are the backdrop for the waterwall, evocative of the spring runoffs that trickle down the face of the palisades at the river. There is a platform area in front of the fountain, which can be used as a stage, allowing the park to serve as the site of live entertainment.
HOURS: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
RAGGED EDGE COMMUNITY THEATRE
111 S. Main Street
The beautifully restored Harrod Theatre is home of The Ragged Edge Community Theatre, a non-profit arts organization founded in 1983. The theatre has become an educational center for the arts, providing professional quality entertainment and cultural opportunities for the community and the surrounding area. Ragged Edge offers a variety of programming—plays, musicals, workshops in acting and playwriting, cultural programs, exhibits of visual art and musical entertainment.
223 S. Main Street
Amateurs and professionals appear in various compelling productions staged at this performing arts theater. Comedy, improv, music, dance, Fashion Theater and educational shows are offered during the year.