Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Every month the PIC (Pride in Community) committee decides on four locations (being residential, commercial, or even public) that enhance Harrodsburg's overall appearance and shows "pride in (our) community!"A Pioneer Salute "Job Well Done" yard sign is given to the owner to display at the location.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
|Jospeh Chapel Methodist Church; from Left to Right: Tony Young, Ray Beasley, Betty Young, Betty Preston, Jackie Hilbert, Ron Reed, Amalie Preston, Seth Pitman, and Helen Dedman.|
The James Harrod Trust generously donated $5,000.00 to the Joseph Chapel Methodist Church structural restoration fund March 13, 2013 in order to restore and save this historic property.
Joseph Chapel Methodist Church, located at 1002 Mundays Landing Road Harrodsburg, Kentucky, is a local congregation (organized mid-1800's) that holds their service in a historic Mercer county church building, built circa 1905. Unfortunately, the roof on their lovely building has failed and is in serious need of structural repair.
The JHT contacted local historic preservation contractors, Annis & Dreyer Construction of Lexington, KY, who visited the property March 13, 2013 to scope the work and determine the best means of historically preserving the structure and to prevent any future failure of the roof. (The cost of repair seems to be in the range of $15,000.00-$35,000.00, although no specific estimate from Annis & Dreyer has been disclosure at this time.)
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Every month the PIC (Pride in Community) committee decides on four locations, being residential, commercial, or even public, that enhance Harrodsburg's image and show "pride in (our) community!"A Pioneer Salute "Job Well Done" yard sign is given to the owner to display at the location.
Below are the four location given the Pioneer Salute for the month of October!
|Charles White, 366 East Lexington Street|
|Bluegrass Artworks, 112 West Lexington Street|
If you have any locations you would like to recommend for a Pioneer Salute:
Please put "Pioneer Salute" in the subject line and send a message with the location's address.
We will give the PIC committee your recommendation!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
James Harrod Trust has partnered with Fort Harrod Color & Supply to offer a 30% discount on exterior paint for qualifying historic properties, both residential and commercial. Our Historic Paint Program is designed to promote the rehabilitation of Mercer County's unique properties while embellishing our community. Follow the link below to view the specific requirements of our Historic Paint Program as well as print the attached application form and submit the completed application form to James Harrod Trust for consideration. You can also obtain an application form at: Art Council of Mercer County Gallery 120 South Main Street Harrodsburg, Kentucky or Fort Harrod Color & Supply 1025 Danville Road Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Please submit all completed application forms to:
James Harrod Trust, Inc.
P.O. Box 158
Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I would like to give a big shout out to Jennifer Brummett at the Danville Advocate for doing such a nice job with the release of our new book. All information in this article is copyright Danville Advocate and Jennifer Brummett.
Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer and Anna Armstrong traveled a circuitous route to get to the publication of their first book together, “Images of America: Harrodsburg.” The pictorial history of Harrodsburg will be released Monday from Arcadia Publishing, which is based out of Mount Pleasant, S.C., outside of Charleston.
Rightmyer’s daughter was friends with the acquisitions editor for Arcadia Publishing, who approached Rightmyer for a book about Owen County. Rightmyer said she didn’t know anything about Owen County but she knew Harrodsburg. That started her on the path to developing a book about Harrodsburg.
Rightmyer said she’d known Armstrong all her life and was aware of her extensive collection of photos of Harrodsburg that date from the 1930s, with some older ones, as well. She sent an e-mail to Armstrong — an e-mail Armstrong never received. So Rightmyer went ahead and signed a contract with Arcadia to do the historical book, figuring she’d get photos from the local historical society. “I signed the contract with no idea of how to write a history book,” Rightmyer explained. In the meantime, Armstrong had been in contact with Arcadia about a postcard she was interested in creating.
“I have a huge archive of photos from my father (Andrew Armstrong), my aunt (Jesta Bell Armstrong Matherly, who also was an artist) and my work,” Armstrong said. She found out about Rightmyer’s work on a book about Harrodsburg, and wondered what she was using for the photographic element, since her own collection of Harrodsburg photos is unparalleled. Rightmyer said she was thrilled when Armstrong called, and the two got together to discuss the book, which was when they figured out Rightmyer’s e-mail hadn’t made it to its recipient.
“I decided to offer the photographs in order for the book to happen,” Armstrong said. She also had experience with writing historical descriptions, as she’d provided the text for a number of historical markers. Rightmyer said she found that experience invaluable, as she considers herself to be more of a “long writer,” focusing more on essays and longer written works.
Armstrong described “Images of America: Harrodsburg” as a “show-andtell” type of a book. The co-authors indicated such a work was needed in Harrodsburg, since the city lacked a recent, updated history-type book. Armstrong said the tome will be a good companion for people who are touring the city.
“It’s one of the first things I look for (when visiting a new place),” Rightmyer added. “It gives me an idea of where I’m at and what I’m doing.”
She added she hopes “Images of America: Harrodsburg” will inspire others “to get this history out there.”
Armstrong said the postcard pictorial history of Harrodsburg and Mercer County should be released about this time next year. The vintage postcards she will use will date through the 1960s.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Soon to be released from Arcadia Publishing is Images of America: Harrodsburg, written by Harrodsburg’s Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer (writer) and Anna Armstrong (photography). The book will be released the week of August 8th, but is already up for pre-order on several different websites:
• Barnes and Noble
As of this moment, we are not sure when the book launch and signing will be, but we will keep you up-to-date.
Here is an excerpt from Images of America: Harrodsburg:
“Harrodsburg is the oldest permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains and was founded in 1774 by James Harrod. Images of America: Harrodsburg covers the city limits from the late 1770s to the early 1960s and provides over 220 images from the Armstrong Collection, the Harrodsburg Historical Society, the Mercer County Public Library and the Kentucky Historical Society. Within these pages, experience and explore Harrodsburg during the pivotal era at the beginning of the great commonwealth – from the settlement of Old Fort Harrod to the “Saratoga of the West” mineral springs and spas. Follow the growth, hard times, and recovery of Harrodsburg, including government and growing businesses, advancements in education, the rise of religious institutions, and local and visiting celebrities. These well-preserved photographs from the entrepreneurs, grand openings, and expert news reporting all the reader to step back in time.”
Sorry for the shameless promotion, but this is a wonderful book about Harrodsburg - the oldest permanent settlement in Kentucky. Please try to buy a copy! This will also be great for tourist who will be visiting our area on vacations.