Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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Harrodsburg is a city in and the county seat of Mercer County, Kentucky, United States.[1] The population was 8,014 at the 2000 census. It is the oldest city in Kentucky.



Harrodsburg was founded in 1774 by James Harrod, the first city in Kentucky. It was initially known as Harrod's Town or Harrodstown. The settlement was abandoned as a result of attacks by Native Americans in Dunmore's War the same year, but was resettled in 1775. It was the scene of much fighting with Native Americans during the American Revolutionary War. Harrodsburg was the first seat of Kentucky County.[2] Harrodsburg is listed in the Judiciary Act of 1789 as the location of the Kentucky Federal district court. [3]

Harrodsburg was officially established by the Virginia legislature in 1785 and incorporated in 1836.[2]

Company D of the 192nd Tank Battalion in the Battle of Bataan was from Harrodsburg.[4]


Harrodsburg is located at 37°45′50″N 84°50′46″W / 37.76389°N 84.84611°W / 37.76389; -84.84611 (37.764019, -84.845974)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2), all of it land.


Harrodsburg is in the humid subtropical climate, although nearing the humid continental climate.[6] Summers are hot and humid, and winters are cool with mild periods.

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