Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Greenville Springs

The Old Greenville Springs site near current day Beaumont Inn. This spring became incorporated into the (Sutton’s) Harrodsburg Springs, which was eventually merged into Graham Springs. There will be much more information to follow, but if anyone has any photos or other info on ANY of the Springs of Harrodsburg, please let me know!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Greenville Springs Rope-Walk

While researching the Springs of Harrodsburg, I learned that from 1809-1818, during the "off-season," Greenville Springs operated a "rope-walk" near the Mercer/ Boyle County line. A rope-walk was actually a factory that produced hemp ropes. It was a huge profit-making business.
I don't know if this is a photo from that rope-walk hemp field, but I found it interesting!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hemp Harvest

This is an interesting photo of several men harvesting hemp in Mercer County. The first hemp crop in Kentucky was planted near Danville in 1775. Henry Clay was known as the "hemp pioneer"- he actually grew it at Ashland. By 1902, Kentucky was responsible for three quarters of U.S. hemp fiber production. Production reached a peak in 1917 at 18,000 acres, mostly grown in the Bluegrass region, then waned due to market forces after World War I as other sources of fiber were introduced. A Federal program to reintroduce hemp for wartime needs in Kentucky and other states during World War II reached 52,000 acres in Kentucky in 1943. Federal policies, tightened by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, virtually banned the production of industrial hemp during the War on Drugs. So, this photo has to be before 1970 (obviously) and before the use of "mechanical equipment" for harvesting. I have no other information on this photo, so I would appreciate any and all help - location of photo, people in photo, or time (date) of photo. Thanks!

Main Street

(Photo provided by Jerry L. Sampson): A gorgeous and EARLY shot of the west side of Main Street. The building on the corner, turned to the side, is where Larry Catlett's office is now. Early 1900's. This is from the Ron Reed Archives.

Harrodsburg High School

  Historic photo from The Harrodsburg Herald The old Harrodsburg High School.