Department of Parks
Old Fort Harrod State Park Hosting Civil War History Encampment Aug. 11-12
HARRODSBURG, Ky. – Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg will host a Civil War Living History Encampment on the weekend of Aug. 11-12.
The camp will portray the Union Army’s occupation of Harrodsburg after the Oct. 8, 1862 Battle of Perryville – the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. Many wounded Confederate soldiers were left in homes, churches and other buildings in Harrodsburg after the battle. The Union Army placed the town under martial law until the end of the war.
There will be an authentic Civil War military camp with drills, firearms demonstrations, music, cooking and other aspects of military and civilian life. The event will be open both days.
This event is free to the public. For more information, call the park at 859-734-3314.
Old Fort Harrod State Park includes a reconstructed fort near the site of the original, the first pioneer settlement in Kentucky. The park is 32 miles southwest of Lexington on U.S. 68 in Harrodsburg.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov