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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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Attractions

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 
l  Dixie Belle Riverboat
Old Fort Harrod State Park
 l  James Harrod Amphitheatre Summer Outdoor Theatre


 

SHAKER VILLAGE OF PLEASANT HILL
3501 Lexington Road
(US Hwy. 68 E)
859-734-5411 or 800/734-5611

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) 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.  There are also a variety of special activities and events, from riverboat cruises, to seed-to-table meals and paddle trips up the river.  The Inn is a charming and peaceful hideaway from everyday life.  Located inside the original 19th century Shaker buildings, The Inn’s 72 guest rooms, suites and cottages and comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views.  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.  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.

HOURS:
Sun, Tue – Thu, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday: Quiet Day (On Quiet Mondays, guests are encouraged to explore the grounds,
stay, dine and shop, but guided talks, demonstrations, exhibitions and building tours are
not available.) ADMISSION.

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DIXIE BELLE RIVERBOAT
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road
(US Hwy. 68 E)
859-734-5411 or 800/734-5611 

Shaker Village operates the 115-passenger riverboat Dixie Belle. The authentic sternwheeler leaves nearby Shaker Landing; the site where Shakers loaded flatboats with goods headed for Southern markets. Narrated excursions are offered through one of the Kentucky River’s most breathtaking sections. The river cuts through 400 million year-old rocks to form the massive Palisades. Along the excursion route, these cliffs tower hundreds of feet above the river, creating a majestic limestone canyon, complete with sparkling waterfalls and a close-up of the river flora and fauna.  

HOURS: May through October, departure times vary.  Private charters available. ADMISSION.

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OLD FORT HARROD STATE PARK
US Hwy. 127 & US Hwy. 68, PO Box 156
859-734-3314

A full-scale replica of the fort, built by James Harrod in 1775, is the centerpiece of this park. The cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude tools and agricultural implements used by the pioneers.  Costumed interpreters demonstrate pioneer crafts, and a live animal corral adds to the “living history” experience. (Living history craftspeople demonstrate mid-April through October.) The park complex also features the Mansion Museum, a Greek Revival home built in 1812. The museum houses an outstanding collection of Civil War history, Native American artifacts, gun collection and more. Other highlights within the park are a pioneer cemetery, the Lincoln Marriage Temple housing the cabin where Abraham Lincoln’s parents were married and a George Rogers Clark Federal Monument.  

HOURS:

April – November 30--Fort, Gift Shop, Lincoln Marriage Temple
Sun, 12 Noon – 5 p.m.; Wed – Sat, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Mon & Tue)

April – October 31--Mansion Museum
Sun, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Wed – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Mon & Tue)

December 1 – March 31
Fort, Gift Shop & Lincoln Marriage Temple
Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed Sat & Sun)

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JAMES HARROD AMPHITHEATRE SUMMER OUTDOOR THEATRE
400 West Lexington Street
859-734-2389 or 859/734-3314

 

Li’l Abner

Dogpatch loafer Li'l Abner is loved by Daisy Mae, but the Yokumberry Tonic his Mammy has given him to make him strong (and which is now desired by a Washington general) has made him uninterested in romance, in this musical adaptation of the characters from the Al Capp comic strip. Book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank. Based on Characters Created by Al Capp. Original Direction and Choreography by Michael Kidd. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Music by Gene de Paul.

HOURS:  8 p.m.; Thu - Sat (June 9-11 and 16-18, 2016).  ADMISSION.

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James Harrod:  The Battle for Kentucky

History comes to life in this original historical drama which retells the trials and tribulations of the early settlers who created Kentucky’s first permanent settlement.  More than just the Natives stood as a threat to these early pioneers.  Come experience this little-known bit of history in the magical setting "under the stars".   

HOURS: 8:30 p.m.; Thu – Sat (
July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30).  ADMISSION.

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