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Friends of Fort Harrod

"Winner 2012 Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Non-Profit Award"


Our Mission

To Maintain, Improve and Promote the Old Fort Harrod State Park

and Preserve the History it Represents!

About Friends of Fort Harrod

            Friends of Fort Harrod is a group of people from all walks of life in the Harrodsburg community who work and donate to preserve and promote the Old Fort Harrod State Park. We are the "Guardians of the Fort"!

            Friends of Fort Harrod is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charitable organization, a member of the Kentucky State Parks Foundation and the Mercer Chamber of Commerce. Friends of Fort Harrod is the only citizens group "officially sanctioned" by the Old Fort Harrod State Park. All funds raised go to benefit Fort Harrod and the Park.

            Friends of Fort Harrod is the proud winner of the  2012 Mercer Chamber of Commerce "Non-Profit of the Year Award", recognizing our efforts to restore the James Harrod Amphitheater and return it to service for our community and visitors.

            The 2016 Season is here! There are many exciting events this year at the Old Fort Harrod State Park! To see the full "2016 Schedule of Events" just click the link in the upper right corner of this site.

            The "Pick Up The Park" event will be on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Refreshments are provided. Volunteers are needed to donate 3 hours to help clean up the Park in preparation for the 2016 Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt and the 2016 Park Season. Thank you to everyone who came and volunteered their time and energy last year!

          The feature interpreters for 2016 are John Curry and native interpreter Michelle DeEsch.

            2016's schedule of events includes the Spies of Fort Harrod's signature events "Clark's Powder Run", the "Grand Council" and "Shawnee Run" and the outdoor dramas "Lil' Abner" and "James Harrod the Battle for Kentucky" in its 5th comeback season! Both will be performed by the Ragged Edge Community Theater.

            Also this year, Harrodsburg's 242nd Birthday Party and the Park's signature event, the 8th Annual Old Fort Harrod Settlement and Raid, the three day Pioneer Days Festival, the 3rd Annual Fort Harrod Jazz Festival, Haunted Frontier, 18th Century Trade Fair and Park Holiday Open House.

        Friends of Fort Harrod thanks the Harrodsburg Mercer County Tourist Commission for Co-Sponsoring the Old Fort Harrod Settlement and Raid in June 2016.

        Friends of Fort Harrod meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Old Fort Harrod Conference Center, 330 West Lexington Street, Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

        All are welcome! We are recruiting new members!

        If you love Fort Harrod and want to see it preserved, please come join us and become a "Guardian of the Fort"!

        The dues are only $20 per year or $30 for a family.

       All donations to the Friends group will be greatly appreciated and are fully Tax Deductible! Your donation will be used to repair and improve the Fort and Park, purchase needed equipment and fund public events designed to educate and entertain.

            Please register on our site!

                                                            Thanks for visiting!

                                                            Larry D. Catlett

                                                            President, Friends of Fort Harrod

MainStreet Fort Harrod By WKU PBS

Friends of Fort Harrod 18th Century Trade Fair

November 19 & 20, 2016

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2016 Settlement & Raid at Old Fort Harrod June 18 & 19, 2016

2016 Schedule of Events

More Park Information

James Harrod Rifle Raffle

This sweet prize package can be yours for a $5 raffle ticket.

This is the "James Harrod Rifle Raffle", sponsored by Friends of Fort Harrod. This raffle is a non-profit, charitable raffle conducted solely to raise funds to benefit Fort Harrod and the Old Fort Harrod State Park. No person involved in this raffle receives any compensation. All proceeds will used to make repairs and improvements and purchase needed equipment at Fort Harrod and the Old Fort Harrod State Park. Our goal is for Fort Harrod to be and remain a viable tourist destination and to preserve the unique history of James Harrod and his Fort that won the West.

Tickets are $5 each. The drawing will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm during the 2017 Old Fort Harrod Settlement and Raid. You can purchase tickets from any member of Friends of Fort Harrod.

Tickets are readily available at 134 South Main Street in Harrodsburg, former Mercer County National Bank building, from 9-4 daily and at the Fort Harrod Box Office during regular hours.

The total prize package is valued at $3,140.00! All items in the prize package are custom made and unique. The package includes a beautiful .45 caliber flintlock Virginia Long Rifle custom built by Rodney Collins​  worth $2,500.00, along with the following accoutrements - "Powder Horn" by Tommy Barnett, "Haversack" by Ken Stanley​, "Shooting Bag" by Steve Lasley​ and a "Gorget" by Mitch Yates​, with a combined value of $640.00!

All proceeds go to benefit only Fort Harrod and the Old Fort Harrod State Park!

Don't hesitate, buy your tickets now!

Larry Catlett, President, Friends of Fort Harrod

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