The Old Fort on Seminary Hill

Several days ago I shared the name of a book Ritchey and I found when we were at Glover’s Bookery in Lexington – Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Kentucky.  Today I share with you one of the photographs included in this book – and a re-creation we attempted.

The above is a picture of Captain Philip B. Thompson standing on the spot on old Seminary Hill where once stood the log house which constituted part of the old fort.  Captain Thompson, now in his eighty-first year, attended school on the old Seminary Hill, also called Old Fort Hill, as early as 1828, and at that time there remained two buildings of the Old Fort, one being two-story, the other a one-story addition.  The number of cabins in the fort or its dimensions either way is nowhere preserved.  A census was taken on the second day of September, 1777, at which time the population of Harrod’s Fort was 198.

The little white house beside the church is the home of a sweet woman of 84 years – we met her today for the first time while we were taking photos.  She looks about twenty years younger!  She has lived in that house all her life and told us much about the history of the area.  The church burned quite some years ago, and was rebuilt, resulting in the building we see today – therefore different from the first photo taken in 1904.  The fort actually stood in the parking lot that is to the left of the church.  I’m not sure exactly where Captain Thompson stood to get the church and house in the old photo.  But let us just say our photo is a close representation!  Ritchey is standing in the yard of the recreated fort, with the cemetery behind him.

3 thoughts on “The Old Fort on Seminary Hill”

  1. Actually, the church pictured in the 1904 photo is the 1st Baptist Church located at 349 W. Broadway, a street north, but down the slope from the where the Old Fort was originally. The church next to the sweet lil lady is not the same one pictured in the 1904 photo. The Seminary Hill where Captain Thompson was standing was later a rock quarry until they paved and used it for the parking lot for Ft. Harrod. That was a great effort on your part to recreate the old photo though, perhaps I will have to do my own rendition and send to you!! I have a photo of the church and it is still very much the same looking church on Broadway or you can google the churches in Harrodsburg and see it as it still looks.

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