Points of Interest
Beaumont Inn l Dedman Drugstore/Kentucky Fudge Company
Diamond Point Welcome Center l Downtown Historic District l Mercer County Fairgrounds
Morgan Row l Old Mud Meeting House
638 Beaumont Inn Drive, PO Box 158
Named for the French word meaning “beautiful mount” because of its location atop one of Harrodsburg’s highest hills, Beaumont Inn, Kentucky’s oldest family-operated Country Inn, combines gracious Southern hospitality, traditional regional food and relaxing ambiance in a setting rich in history. Built on the site of the Greenville Springs Spa, the building was constructed in 1845 as one of the South’s most prestigious girls’ schools. Since 1918, it has been operated as a country inn and restaurant by five generations of the same family.
HOURS: Open daily. Reservations recommended for dining and lodging.
DEDMAN DRUGSTORE /
KENTUCKY FUDGE COMPANY
225 S. Main Street
Dedman Drugstore (c.1860) is 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 cafe or at the original soda fountain and browse the early drug store memorabilia on display. Live music on most Friday evenings and Saturdays.
HOURS: Tue. – Wed, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thu, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Closed Sunday & Monday)
DIAMOND POINT WELCOME CENTER
488 Price Avenue
859-734-2364 or 800/355-9192
Visit the offices of the Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission, located on the first floor, where the friendly staff can provide detailed information on local attractions, dining, lodging, events, shopping and more! Diamond Point, built in the 1840s, is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the southeastern region.
HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM (January-December); Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM (June-October)
DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT
859-734-2364 or 800/355-9192
In the heart of downtown Harrodsburg lies 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. Many gift and specialty shops, restaurants and activities, all with a regional flavor, are scattered throughout the downtown district.
MERCER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
560 Linden Avenue, PO Box 444
859-734-5546 (Fair week 859-734-2216)
Oldest fair & horse show in the nation (since 1828). Fair held last week in July each year. Various other events and horse shows held throughout the year.
220-222 S. Chiles Street, PO Box 316
Built between 1807 and 1830 by Squire Joseph Morgan, this “row house” is the oldest one standing in the State and the first rowhouse west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Harrodsburg Historical Society carefully restored the northernmost section to house a museum and extensive genealogy research library. Numerous files and records, concerning history and other topics relative to life in Mercer County from 1774 to present, may also be found.
HOURS: Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday - Friday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.;
Saturday (1st & 3rd), 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
OLD MUD MEETING HOUSE
Dry Branch Road
A celebrated house of worship, this building was erected in 1800 by a colony of Dutch settlers to serve as the first Low Dutch Reformed Church building west of the Allegheny Mountains. Old Mud is one of only two pioneer log meeting houses in the Bluegrass and its name reflects its construction: framing of sturdy oaken timbers and walls filled with mud mixed with straw and sticks. In 2000, the Harrodsburg Historical Society started a major renovation of this historic landmark that laid the foundation to restore the church to its former glory. An adjacent cemetery contains the graves of numerous early Dutch settlers.
HOURS: By appointment only—Harrodsburg Historical Society.
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