Sitting amidst four National Register Historic Districts
in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region is
Kentucky’s oldest town – one of the coolest places in
history. Harrodsburg is full of the unexpected. A
full-scale replica fort in Old Fort Harrod State Park
commemorates the first permanent settlement west of the
Allegheny Mountains. Providing an up-close view of one
of the most unique ecosystems in the country, the
geologically ancient Kentucky River Palisades, is the
authentic 115-passenger Dixie Belle sternwheeler.
Ten bourbon distilleries and a dozen wineries are a
short drive away. There are horseback riding trails,
backroads and byways for bicycle enthusiasts, and
outdoor water sports from kayaking to skiing.
Harrodsburg is home to Beaumont Inn, the state’s oldest
family-operated country inn (2015 James Beard Foundation
“America’s Classics” award winner), and Shaker Village
of Pleasant Hill – 3,000 acres of discovery at America’s
largest restored Shaker community and one of BBC NEWS
Magazine’s “Five hidden US Travel Destinations.”
Harrodsburg is one of Best Choice Reviews’ “50 Best
Small Town Downtowns in America”; and one of
Smithsonian Magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns to Visit
in 2014” – the only Kentucky city on the list.
Authentic, affordable, family-friendly – and full of the
unexpected. This is Harrodsburg.
Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission
PO Box 283
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
800-355-9192 / 859-734-2364