We left Fort Harrod at 1:00 pm and first walked to Diamond Point. From there, we walked down Price Avenue and turned West on Broadway. We paused at the James Harrod Memorial Bridge to pay our respects. Then we walked West on Broadway to the point of the original North Gate of Old Fort Harrod, entered where the Fort would have stood and concluded our journey. Back to the George Rogers Blockhouse, a fire and some coffee and donuts.

On January 10, 2015 the "Spies of Fort Harrod" re-created the last one mile leg of the famous powder run by George Rogers Clark, James Harrod and about 30 riflemen from Fort Harrod who carried 500 pounds of black powder from Limestone Creek near Mayesville back to Fort Harrod in early January 1777. This powder saved the state of Kentucky, all three forts in Kentucky and every settler in and around the forts.

We formed up at noon in the George Rogers Clark blockhouse, which is located at the Southeast corner of the Fort. It was cold, about 19 degrees the entire time. But, it was sunny and low wind, so we all counted our blessings.

All of us were wrapped in many layers, it was five layers for me. David Coleman, Park Manager, had a big fire built in the stone fireplace and the place was quite toasty. There was coffee, hot cider and donuts!

About 10 of us formed up. There were also several amateur historians present, several of which braved the weather to follow us the whole way, taking pictures and asking questions. Clay Jackson from the Danville Advocate Messenger took many pictures and made a video of John Curry telling the story behind Clark's Powder Run. Max Searcy from the Harrodsburg Herald was there taking photos as well.

The morning started great! I had a chair next to the fire with some coffee and John Curry began telling of the story of Clark's Powder Run and its rival, the Patterson Powder Run from Fort Boonesbourough which failed.

For more of the story from John Curry, click the following link:


Upon our arrival back at the Fort, we stacked the powder in front of the Fort and all loaded our flintlocks. We then fired a 10 shot volley to honor as heroes George Rogers Clark, James Harrod and the 30 riflemen.




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Wayne Estes Rifle Raffle

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

This is the "Wayne Estes 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 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm during the 2018 Old Fort Harrod Settlement and Raid. You can purchase tickets from any member of Friends of Fort Harrod.

Tickets are available at 134 South Main Street in Harrodsburg, former Mercer County National Bank building, from 9-4 daily.

The prize is valued at $1,650.00! The rifle was built by Master Gunmaker Wayne Estes of Paris, Kentucky. It is simply beautiful in all respects! It is iron mounted, styled as an early Lebanon/Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1760-1770) working man's rifle. It features a "B" profile swamped Colerain .50 caliber barrel, M&G Continental Flintlock, Davis Triggers, 1/4 x 32 Chambers touch hole, stocked in fine quarter sawed sugar maple from Harrison Gunstocks of Bradford, Tennessee.

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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