Dive into pioneer history in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, birthplace of the West. Founded in 1774 as the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains, the city is located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region surrounded by rolling hills, horse farms, historic stone fences, historic architecture and culture.
Harrodsburg’s historic downtown district is registered with the National Historic Registry, and its restored downtown area is part of a walking and driving tour featuring more than two centuries of architectural treasures.
Visitors can explore Fort Harrod State Park, which offers a living history experience of craftspeople in period costumes demonstrating tinsmithing, weaving, and other daily pioneer tasks, in addition to many other National Historic sites located only several minutes’ drive from city center. You won’t want to miss the nationally known Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill just down Highway 68, America’s largest restored Shaker community featuring 33 restored buildings and costumed interpreters.