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Aug 13, 2007
Nov 12, 2007
. It's a fascinating place, with very knowledgeable people each manning their own replica cabin - there was a blacksmith, a spinner/weaver, a doll-maker, woodworker and broom-maker - and we just LOVED listening to their strong southern accents! Afterwards we checked out the Harrodsburg museum, set in a classic Southern Mansion donated to the museum, which had lots of artifacts from the revolutionary & civil war. Kate wanted to take a photo of herself with a painting of Abe Lincoln, but we were told off by a rather crusty & eccentric elderly lady. The same lady then trapped Fred in one of the rooms and talked, and talked, and talked... The kids and I were too quick, and scuttled off to look at the other displays. Across from the museum was the chapel in which Abe Lincoln's parents were married - according the the museum lady. We would have like to spend longer in Harrodsburg, but we just had the few hours before the fort & museum shut for the evening.
On the road to Cincinnati - 8.40 and 23 degrees outside! Cincinnati itself was just a haze of tall buildings & industrial areas - at least that's all we could see from travelling through it on the interstate. Once across the Ohio river bordering Cincinnati, we encountered the 'Welcome to Kentucky' sign very quickly. Kentucky was, and wasn't what I expected. We did see lots of green paddocks & white fences, though hardly any horses - and certainly no 'bluegrass'! We managed to find the campground we were staying at very quickly. It only has 3 spare spaces at any given time, because people book & leave their caravans/motorhomes there all year round (but only staying in them over the summer season). We set the 5th wheel up and cranked up the air conditioning (we saw a high of 38 degrees today) before we had lunch and drove into Harrodsburg. Harrodsburg was established in 1774 (and you can tell the locals are proud of this) and was the first big town in Kentucky. We went to the Old Fort Harrod State park http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/recparks/fh/ which is a replica of the original fort built there in 1774