If you have never visited the small town of Harrodsburg, I heartily recommend you do. Located in central Kentucky, we have so much history to offer since we are the oldest town in the state, founded in 1774 by a group of pioneers led by James Harrod, of Pennsylvania, who built Fort Harrod. It was the only colonial city and the first permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. I am proud to call Harrodsburg ‘home’.
Originally Kentucky was called Fincastle County when it was part of Virginia. In 1776, after Harrodsburg had been a town for two years, it was renamed Kentucky County, Virginia. Four years later Kentucky County was divided into three counties – Fayette, Jefferson and Lincoln. Harrodsburg was the county seat of Lincoln County, and remained so until 1785 when Mercer County was formed, Harrodsburg becoming the county seat for Mercer. Kentucky became a state in 1792.
With our county clerk’s office that has records back to the very early years, our wonderful public library that has its own genealogy room and the Harrodsburg Historical Society located on Chiles Street, it is a genealogists dream.
But today I want to talk to you about the Kentucky Fudge Company located on Main Street. It is located in the old Smith and Dedman Drugstore building that opened in 1868 at 225 South Main Street. C. M. Dedman bought out his partner and it was known as Dedman’s Drugstore, and continued as a pharmacy until 1983. The James Harrod Trust eventually acquired the property through the generosity of a local citizen, and restored the first floor of the drugstore. The Kentucky Fudge Company was opened in 2006 and is a wonderful gathering place for adults and children – to enjoy ice cream in huge waffle cones or lunch or dessert – and to spend time talking and visiting with friends.
As you come through the front door it seems as if we’ve walked back in time. From the original soda fountain, stained glass windows and the original cherry cabinets of the pharmacy to the ceilings and floors, history is in present time. Drugstore memorabilia, old photos and such are on display.
But let’s talk about the food – you know how much I love to eat! The menus are written on blackboards and the list is filled with yummy sandwiches, soups, salads, ice cream, bakery items. The Saturday after five menu can be anything from a Roast Beef Manhattan to Pot Roast and Horseradish to personal pizzas and quesadillas. On St. Patrick’s Day weekend we enjoyed Bangers and Mash!
My personal favorite lunch is their Triple Scoop – I always choose chicken salad, potato salad and olive nut spread. Served with crackers, this is heaven on a plate! The chicken salad is filled with chunks of chicken, grapes and celery; the potato salad is wonderful (tastes like it is made with baked potatoes); and the olive nut is by far the best I’ve ever eaten – pecans, green olives and cream cheese! My mouth salivates just thinking about it!
And what about the fudge? Oh, my! One taste and you are hooked! It is creamy, smooth and delicious! Last time I tried the peppermint schnapps – now a personal favorite. They also have buckeye (chocolate and peanut butter), milk chocolate and walnuts, bourbon, and several others.
Any visitor who stops by the Kentucky Fudge Company always returns! We have friends from Canada who can’t wait to come back to to KFC to have lunch and some pie! My sister loves the food so much she said the tea room is unnecessary. And for any genealogy enthusiasts who visit, I always take them to the Kentucky Fudge Company! Come to Harrodsburg and I will take you!