Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Harrodsburg Opera House


This is a photo we had never seen and Belinda S Kurtz shared this from another group.
“Wasn’t Bob Martin that used to run the radio station? If so I bought my first car from him. A 1967 Pontiac Ventura, a one owner car for $800. My first job was at Shakertown in 1974 and I saved every penny I made which wasn't much so I could purchase the car. I wanted a sports car but like the song You don't always get what you want, it just didn't happen.”

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Sunday, January 9, 2022

George Rogers Clark Powder Run

This is a long post, but after the George Rogers Clark Powder Run at Old Fort Harrod State Park I thought an explanation of the original powder run was in order.

Photo from the Library of Congress

By June 1776, James Harrod became an outspoken opponent of the Transylvania Company. He gained followers at the other stations, all wanting to separate Kentucky from Fincastle County. Jack Gabriel Jones was a lawyer and son of a prominent Virginia family. George Rogers Clark had a deep interest in Kentucky and also offered help.

Harrod called a gathering to elect delegates to represent them in the Virginia General Assembly and to ask for separation from Fincastle County. Harrod also wanted to stop Richard Henderson and his Cherokee land. Clark and Jones were elected as the delegates to appeal to Virginia to overthrow Transylvania and incorporate the country under her own government.

Harrod helped the men formulate the document as a defense of their land claims, based on bounty warrants granted by Governor Dunmore and on regular prior-occupancy laws of the colony. They also wanted their delegates to be recognized, claiming they had already elected a committee of 21 men to maintain the district.

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

When Clark and Jones arrived in Virginia, Clark visited the new Virginia governor, Patrick Henry, to secure his backing for the Harrodstown petition. Clark then appeared before the Council at Williamsburg with a letter from Governor Henry, making the executive council aware of Kentucky’s shaky position and officially informing them of Henry’s support.

Clark ran into opposition from several peers who did not approve of frontier expansion. After much debate and arguing that the western settlements could not survive without gunpowder, the proposal was accepted and Clark was granted five hundred pounds of gunpowder.

On August 23, 1776, the gunpowder was sent to Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh. Clark sent a letter to Harrod to tell him to send a party to Fort Pitt to bring the powder home. Little did Clark know, but Harrod never received the letter.

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Months later, Clark and Jones finished their business in Virginia and prepared to return to Kentucky, but when a messenger from Fort Pitt reported that Harrod had not sent men to get the five hundred pounds of powder, their plans changed. Clark knew those twenty-five kegs of gun powder were vital to Kentucky’s defense, so they set out toward Pittsburg.

Once at Fort Pitt, they recruited a small group of men to assist them in transporting the black powder down the Ohio and then up the Kentucky River to Fort Harrod.

Unfortunately, Clark’s every move was being shrewdly watched and evaluated by British and Indian enemies, but he was not to be manipulated. Clark and his men slipped out of Fort Pitt in the middle of the night and silently started their long trip down the half-frozen Ohio River with five hundred pounds of high quality, rifle-grade gunpowder. They quickly made their way down the big river, with the success or failure of Kentucky resting squarely on their shoulders.

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Clark and his companions were forced to move between numerous bands of angry Indian war parties. Unwilling to run the risk of losing his cargo, he buried the powder in several spots and continued downstream for a few miles before abandoning the boats and setting them adrift as a decoy.

Clark headed off to the nearest settlement, McClelland’s Station and sent a messenger to Harrodstown explaining what had happened and asking for a party to retrieve the gunpowder. Then Clark left to meet up with Harrod to recover the gunpowder.

James Harrod and about 20 others left Harrodsburg on the second of January 1777, to recover the powder. Within a short time and without incident, the men reclaimed the gunpowder and returned to Fort Harrod. The brave settlers of Fort Harrod come through to save the day, retrieving the gunpowder and bringing it safely back to the fort through miles and miles of unfriendly, Indian wilderness. Once at Fort Harrod, the powder was divided and quickly distributed to the many struggling Kentucky forts and stations. This important event saved the country because now the settlers could now defend the forts and hunt for food.

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Blizzar 2022

 Here are some photos from the blizzard of 2022, which hit Harrodsburg on January 6, 2022.

Photo from Haus of Reverie

Photo from Kevin Kirkland

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Photo from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Photo from Bonnie Best

Photo from Eric Demonbreun 

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Photo from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Photo from Susan Barrington

Twin Hills Drive-In

Photo from the Clay Lancaster Slide Collection

From the Clay Lancaster Slide Collection (circa June 1979): I love this image - it screams Kentucky to me! Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Devine's Winter Funfest

Photo from Devine's Winter Funfest

With cold weather and snow in the forecast, Devine’s Winter Funfest is hoping to make their own snow or for the natural stuff to fall so snow tubing can open! Please keep an eye on their FB page.

Here are some 2022 photos of Devine's shaping up the snow tubing site.

Photo from Devine's Winter Funfest
Photo from Devine's Winter Funfest

Photo from Devine's Winter Funfest

Photo from Devine's Winter Funfest

A waiver is required for all snow-tubing participants. So, in order to save the time upon arrival at check-in, please go ahead and fill out the waiver at the attached link. It's only required one-time during the season and if you filled it out last year, there's no need to do it again*.
*Please note that this is not the same waiver completed during the corn maze for zip lining.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Harrodsburg Road


Photo from Arthur Younger Ford

Harrodsburg Road (near Shakertown), circa 1900 - I don’t know the exact location, but there appears to be a white Shaker building on the far right. Maybe West Lot when the road ran through the Village?
Photo from Arthur Younger Ford photograph album collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

Luther Wells Country Store


Photo from James Hurley

Photo from the Luther Wells Country store in Dugansville provided by James Hurley. Saturday afternoon music with Walter Harley (his dad), Ben Harley (his grandpa), Hughley Cornish (his uncle), and the Grider Brothers. July 1957.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Old Fort Harrod Memories

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

With the New Year upon us, my mind is on to the next book project. Each month I will be soliciting personal memories, family traditions, or fun times associated with a certain area or event in Mercer County. For January it's Old Fort Harrod State Park. Please send me your memories of the Old Fort.

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Photo from Old Fort Harrod State Park

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Dedman House

Photo from Gardens to Gables

The Dedman House was built in 1884 for Charles M. and Mollie Curry Dedman, is a Queen Anne-style house. The 2.5 story brick house has an undulating facade, with striking front gables, the smaller of which is distinguished by its pargeting detail. (Pargeting refers to the application of plasterwork to a facade of a building. Pargeting ranges from "simple geometric surface patterning to exuberant sculptural relief of figures, flowers and sea monsters, but it is only skin deep, applied onto masonry or a lathed, timber-framed wall." The technique is English in origin, and first started being employed in the 16th century.) Mrs. Dedman was very involved in the house planning - she chose the lot, the plans, and oversaw the construction of the house.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

New Providence Church

The New Providence Church in McAfee was established over 247 years ago.

Photo from Mercer Chamber of Commerce

The McAfee party came into Kentucky in May of 1773. James, George and Robert McAfee, James McCoun, Jr. and Samuel Adams made up the group. They were from Sinking Creek in Bottetourt County in the then colony of Virginia. Reports from hunters and Indians about rich land in the Ohio Valley had encouraged these frontier people to seek new fortunes in a new land. Most in the party had received grants of 400 acres from the Governor of Virginia for their part in the French and Indian War.
The McAfee party made the first surveys ever made on the Kentucky River including surveying the bottom on which Frankfort now stands. They had traveled down the Ohio River to the Kentucky River. From the Kentucky River they crossed over to the Salt River and on July 27th, 1773, they surveyed land for James McAfee, upon which the New Providence Church would first be built. They returned to Virginia and in 1775, returned to Kentucky to clear land and plant corn.
They returned with two other men and their names were David Adams and John Higgins. They cleared two acres of ground to raise corn, but Indian trouble kept them from planting. Others worked in the fall of 1775 and in the spring of 1776. However, Indian trouble and the Revolutionary War, or "resisting the invasion of the British" as some called it, were delayed until the year 1779 their final return with their families. Like most frontier settlements, their early years were difficult. In July of 1782, another event took place that is often used in telling why the church was named "New Providence" and is told as follows:
"The inhabitants of James McAfee's station often joined in their work and aided each other in cultivating their respective farms. One day, a large party, male and female, went down to the farm of James McCoun to pull flax. A party of eight or nine Indians saw them, but being afraid to attack them, made a blind of bushes, behind which they concealed themselves, intending to way-lay the company on their return to the station and massacre the whole. Having finished their work at an early hour, they were returning when one of their company proposed to go up the creek to get some plums which grew in abundance on its banks, and thus returned home in safety."
Now in its 247th year, New Providence has had a long and valuable ministry. It is the hope of its present congregation that it will continue to be an Arm of the Kingdom of God so that in some future day this old church will still be preaching its ancient gospel to an even more modern age.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Friday, December 17, 2021

The old Rose Hill School

This photo was taken in front of the old Rose Hill School before it was moved to its current location. The school was located on the first lane to the right once you pass the water tower going toward Rose Hill. This picture is of the Winfield and Mary Russell family standing in front of the old school. Shirleen Gullett provided the photo.

Photo from Shirleen Gullett

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Dillion Carmichael

Burgin’s very own country music star Dillion Carmichael was in Harrodsburg last week to record the video for the title song of his newest album, “Son of A” at the Olde Bus Station Restaurant.

Photo from The Harrodsburg Herald

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Olde Bus Station Restaurant

This photo was provided by the Olde Bus Station Restaurant. Did you know that the Olde Bus Station Restaurant was once a livery stable before Mr. Hopin purchased the building and opened the bus station? Bill Lester (the owner for over 40 years) told the owners these floors came from the old Brown hotel in Louisville in the late 30’s as it was being torn down.

The great Ohio flood happened in late January 1937. According to Wikipedia:

One resident recalled: "We were rowing down Broadway and was The Brown Hotel. The doors were open and the place was filled with water so we just rowed our boat in one door went through the lobby and rowed out another." A worker is recorded to have caught a two-pound fish in the lobby of the hotel.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Lock & Dam 7

The Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station (on the far right near the cliffs) is a 2,040 Kilowatt run-of-river hydropower plant located at Lock and Dam 7 on the Kentucky River near Harrodsburg, KY. The plant was built in 1927 and includes 3 turbine generators. The plant was operated until 1999 by Kentucky Utilities Company (KU), when problems with the generating units left all three inoperable. In December 2005, Lock 7 Hydro Partners, LLC purchased the plant from KU, and began renovating the plant in March 2006.

Lock 7 dam on the left in water, Mother Ann Lee station on right near cliffs
Photo by Keith Rightmyer

Lock 7 Hydro Partners, LLC is a partnership between Shaker Landing Hydro Associates, Inc. of Louisville, KY and Salt River Electric, a cooperative located in Bardstown, KY, which is part of the East Kentucky Power Cooperative system. The power produced by the Mother Ann Lee plant is sold to Salt River Electric. Renewable Energy Credits produced by the plant are sold through the Green Energy program offered by the Kentucky Utilities (KU) and Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E).
Photo by Keith Rightmyer
The Mother Ann Lee plant is operated under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license No. 539, and has a lease with the dam owner, the Kentucky River Authority. The project is one of only a few dozen hydropower plants nationally to have received “Low Impact” certification from the Low Impact Hydro Institute.

Photo by Keith Rightmyer

Photo by Keith Rightmyer

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Old Fort Harrod Amphitheater

 Groundbreaking for the Old Fort Harrod Amphitheater, November 15, 1962.

Lexington Herald-Leader, November 15, 1962

Bacon College

Bacon College was chartered in 1837 in Georgetown, Kentucky. Its founder was Thornton F. Johnson, a member of the Disciples of Christ who resigned from Georgetown College in order to establish an institution independent of the Baptists who administered Georgetown. Bacon College moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky in 1839 and graduated its first students two years later. Suffering from limited financial resources throughout its existence, the college closed in 1850 having granted only twenty-four degrees while in operation. The campus was used as a high school from 1850 to 1855. It was revived through the efforts of alumnus, John B. Bowman and was rechartered in 1858 as Kentucky University.

 Bacon College, Harrodsburg - 1839-1859, by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.
J. Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library Special Collections
Transylvania University

Harrodsburg Opera House

  This is a photo we had never seen and Belinda S Kurtz shared this from another group. “Wasn’t Bob Martin that used to run the radio statio...