Harrodsburg, city (2020 pop. 8,697, 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 Harrod. One of the settlement's early leaders was George Rogers Clark. 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.

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