Old Mercer County Jail

Built in 1827, the large building served as a home for the jailer and his family and as jail cells for the prisoners.

The most famous inmate was Lizzie Hardin, a Confederate sympathizer, jailed for waving her handkerchief at John Hunt Morgan and his men as they rode through Harrodsburg.

The ladies of the town emptied their larders to prepare a grand feast for Morgan and his men. A great celebration was held marking his visit as chronicled in "The Private War of Lizzie Hardin." The rear building served as the county jail from the 1870s until 1983


Old Mercer County Jail
320 South Chiles Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330