Mercer County, Kentucky was formed in 1785 (as a county of Virginia). The county seat is Harrodsburg, with a county-wide population of just over 21,000. The County was named for Hugh Mercer, a Revolutionary War general. Mercer County contains 251 square miles of land in the central portion of the state of Kentucky.
Special Features of Mercer County:
- Harrodsburg was the first city chartered in Kentucky — before it was a state — when it was part of the Virginia territory.
- Shakertown, also known as Pleasant Hill, is the site of a former Shaker Community in Mercer County.
- Home of the Dix River Dam, forming beautiful Herrington Lake, Kentucky’s oldest man-made reservoir.
- Old Fort Harrod State Park, location of Kentucky’s first Settlement in 1774 and the first English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains is in Harrodsburg.
- Many private residences and historic places on the National Register of Historic Places
Cities and Towns in Mercer County:
Mercer County Courthouse
207 W. Lexington Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330