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Vacation in Mercer County - Kentucky

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Area Overview

Mercer County in Central Kentucky is the first settlement west of the Alleghenies and rich in history, culture with an outstanding southern feel. Founded in 1786, Mercer County was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Hugh Mercer, a close friends of George Washington, who died as a result of wounds received at the Battle of Princeton. The history of Mercer County predates the history of the state of Kentucky, as it is the home of Harrodsburg, the oldest permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains founded in 1774.

When Mercer County was formed, Harrodsburg became the county seat and remains so to this day. The then- "colonial city" was termed the "Birthplace of the West" and was an important hub for communication with eastern settlements.

Historic Downtown Harrodsburg

A National Register Historic District, downtown Harrodsburg is a streetscape that is reminiscent of an earlier time, with most of its preserved buildings dating back to the 1880s and 1890s. The downtown area offers many gift and specialty shops, restaurants, and activities, all with a regional flavor, and self-guided walking and driving tours are available.

Places of Interest

Old Fort Harrod State Park
Lincoln Marriage Temple
William Poague Cabin
Mansion Museum
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Dixie Belle Riverboat
Beaumont Inn
Herrington Lake
Wilderness Trace Family YMCA
Kentucky River
Dix Dam
Brit Leaf Golf Resort

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

We have a great area for quiet enjoyment. Lovers of history, and of community activities and those wanting involvement and connections will thrive .

Cultural Activities

Mercer County has a wonderful local community theater and outdoor plays, a top notch new library, Jazz & Arts Festival, Pioneer Days Festival, Fair, horse shows, Beef Festival live music in our State park of Fort Harrod every week in the summer, and an active historical society and more.


History is paramount and you can visit the "1770's" through the early "1900's' of historical places. We have many late 1700's activities at the Fort State Park, a major festival every summer month and small town charm.


Lexington Kentucky is 45 minutes away and has a very accessible and customer friendly airport.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  24.0  32.5  41.0  3.5 "
 February  27.0  36.5  46.0  3.9 "
 March  34.0  45.0  56.0  4.4 "
 April  44.0  55.0  66.0  3.7 "
 May  54.0  64.0  74.0  4.9 "
 June  63.0  72.5  82.0  4.4 "
 July  67.0  76.5  86.0  4.6 "
 August  65.0  75.0  85.0  3.0 "
 September  57.0  68.0  79.0  3.1 "
 October  46.0  57.0  68.0  3.3 "
 November  36.0  46.0  56.0  3.5 "
 December  28.0  36.0  44.0  4.2 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

We have four full seasons and spring is glorious here.


From Shaker Village guest rooms, Bright Leaf Golf Resort options, to local affordable hotels and motels.


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