Harrodsburg,city (1990 pop. 7,335), seat of Mercer co., central Ky., S of Frankfort. It is a trade center in a bluegrass area producing livestock, grain, and tobacco. Dairy products, paper goods, optical lenses, and textiles are also made. Harrodsburg is a tourist and resort city, with mineral springs. The oldest settlement W of the Alleghenies, it was founded in 1774 by James HarrodHarrod, James,
1742–93, American frontiersman, b. Bedford co., Pa. He fought in the French and Indian Wars and in 1773 made a journey down the Ohio River to Kentucky.
..... Click the link for more information. . One of the settlement's early leaders was George Rogers ClarkClark, George Rogers,
1752–1818, American Revolutionary general, conqueror of the Old Northwest, b. near Charlottesville, Va.; brother of William Clark. A surveyor, he was interested in Western lands, served (1774) in Lord Dunmore's War (see Dunmore, John Murray, 4th earl
..... Click the link for more information. . A state park contains a replica of old Fort Harrod, where the state's first school was conducted. The Pleasant Hill Shaker village is nearby.