Historic Harrodsburg, KY may be one of the oldest cities in the state, but it is anything but dull. Tucked away in the picturesque hills of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region, this area is filled with unique historic treasures and small town charm.
You can find everything from a replica Civil War era fort and Shaker villages to authentic Kentucky fare and Bourbon. Americans from all over fall in love with Harrodsburg after one visit. We list of favorite things to do in Harrodsburg.
Bourbon Tasting at the Beaumont Inn
Thousands flock to Kentucky every year to travel the Bourbon Trail. You don't have to visit a distillery however, to sample the best Bourbon this area has to offer. The Beaumont Inn is the state's oldest family operated B&B. Its Old Owl Tavern serves a whopping 70 kinds of Bourbon! Guests can also arrange book the Innkeeper's Bourbon tasting; a personalized sampling hosted by one of the Inn's owners, Dixon Dedman. Dixon takes you through the taste profiles of 6 different Kentucky Bourbons. The Beaumont Inn has a dining room which features Southern favorites like cured country ham, cornmeal batter cakes, and is rumored to have some amazing fried chicken. Reservations for the Bourbon tastings are recommended, as they are often booked up weeks in advance.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Come into the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region, and step back in time to the 1800s, as you explore this National Historic Landmark that was once home to a Shaker religious community. Located a few miles from Harrodsburg, KY, visitors can tour the community which sits on 1100 hectares of land. Explore its 34 restored 19th century buildings, view exhibits, and watch farmers and artisans demonstrating traditional techniques. Other highlights include the Dixie Belle riverboat cruise on the Kentucky River, dining at the Trustee's house, and an overnight stay at the Inn at Shaker Village.
Old Fort Harrod State Park
History buffs cannot miss a visit to Old Fort Harrod State Park. Conveniently located right in Harrodsburg, KY, this park is overflowing with pioneer history. Among its highlights is a full-scale replica of the original fort that was built by Harrodsburg's founder, James Harrod in the late 18th century. Live demonstrations of crafts and animal corrals give visitors a real glimpse into the lives of pioneers. The $5 entry fee into the fort also gives you admission into the museum and its impressive collection of Civil War and Native American artifacts as well as a nice collection of antique guns.
Golf Getaways at Bright Leaf Golf Resort
Harrodsburg is probably one of the last places you'd ever expect to find any fairways, but you'd be wrong. An affordable round of 18 can be found at Bright Leaf Golf Resort. This all-inclusive golf resort features two courses: one regulation 18-hole course, and a 9-hole executive course. Both are great for honing your short game. Bright Leaf's accommodations are modest, but include a swimming pool, a restaurant, pro shop, and practice facilities. Recently renovated, Bright Leaf makes a perfect weekend golf getaway that won't break the bank.