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The 2nd Annual
Settlement and Raid
Old Fort Harrod State Park

June 19 - 20, 2010

Photos by Jim & Kathy Cummings

A visit to Old Fort Harrod State Park brings an unusual mix of history. The park consists of the rebuilt fort, the Federal monument to George Rogers Clark’s conquest of the Northwest Territory dedicated in 1934, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt ; the Lincoln marriage cabin, where the parents of President Abraham Lincoln were married and the Mansion Museum which houses a mixture of Civil War memorabilia and more.

But on June 19th and 20th the history was all pioneer. Re-enactors came to the replica fort fashioned after the one built by James Harrod in 1775. Harrodsburg is the oldest continuous settlement west of the Alleghenies.

Events included two battles on Saturday and one on Sunday along with various speakers and presentations. 

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A mix of eras - as an 18th century weary traveler passes in front of the modern monument.

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Fort Harrod was attacked many times by Indians

The Turnip Patch Fight - Click Here

McConnell /Ray Indian Attack - Click Here

See the Many Faces of Fort Harrod

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Guest Speakers included:

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Jonathan Hagee - Traditional Music / British Isles

Daniel Boone Presentation- Steve Caudill

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Gerry Barker/The Colonial Frontier Farmer

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Simon Kenton - Portrayed by Mel Hankla - a Kentucky Chautaqua presentation

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Ron Pinson - Great Lakes Indians in Kentucky

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Maggie Delaney/Indentured Servant portrayed by Carol Jarboe

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John Curry spoke on several topics and also organized much of the event

Mike Miller/Guns Of Fort Harrod

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Park Manager David Coleman saw to a myriad of details in making the weekend come off as planned

Cemetery Memorial Ceremony
Fort Harrod has a Pioneer Cemetery with over 500 graves. Parson John and members of the 1st Virginia -Hogg’s Company along with several longhunters gave a short memorial ceremony in the cemetery with a gun salute to remember the early pioneers of Kentucky.

 

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Link to feature article about Old Fort Harrod State Park on this site.

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