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.

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