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Area Description

Mercer County in Central Kentucky is the first settlement west of the Alleghenies and rich in history, culture with an outstanding southern feel. Founded in 1786, Mercer County was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Hugh Mercer, a close friends of George Washington, who died as a result of wounds received at the Battle of Princeton. The history of Mercer County predates the history of the state of Kentucky, as it is the home of Harrodsburg, the oldest permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Now a thriving and progressive communityWhen Mercer County was formed, Harrodsburg became the county seat and remains so to this day. The then- "colonial city" was termed the "Birthplace of the West" and was an important hub for communication with eastern settlements.

Historic Downtown Harrodsburg

A National Register Historic District, downtown Harrodsburg is a streetscape that is reminiscent of an earlier time, with most of its preserved buildings dating back to the 1880s and 1890s andself-guided walking and driving tours are available.

Now home to Campbellsville University's Conover Education Center.

Places of Interest

Old Fort Harrod State Park
Lincoln Marriage Temple
William Poague Cabin
Mansion Museum
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Dixie Belle Riverboat
Beaumont Inn
Herrington Lake
Wilderness Trace Family YMCA
Kentucky River

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   We have a great area for quiet enjoyment. Lovers of history, community activities and those wanting involvement and connections will thrive .

Cultural Activities

Mercer County has a wonderful local community theater and outdoor plays, a top notch new library, Jazz Festival, Pioneer Days Festival, Fair, horse shows, Beef Festival, art council, live music in our park every week in the summer, an active historical society and more.

Public transportation

Lexington Kentucky is 45 minutes away and has a very accessible and customer friendly airport.

Medical Facilities

We have a local hospital which also has an extended care and trauma center and a Regional Center 10 minutes away. We have two nursing/assisted living facilities.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  24.0  32.5  41.0  3.5 "  3.9 "
 Feb  27.0  36.5  46.0  3.9 "  4.3 "
 Mar  34.0  45.0  56.0  4.4 "  1.3 "
 Apr  44.0  55.0  66.0  3.7 "  0.1 "
 May  54.0  64.0  74.0  4.9 "  0.0 "
 Jun  63.0  72.5  82.0  4.4 "  0.0 "
 Jul  67.0  76.5  86.0  4.6 "  0.0 "
 Aug  65.0  75.0  85.0  3.0 "  0.0 "
 Sep  57.0  68.0  79.0  3.1 "  0.0 "
 Oct  46.0  57.0  68.0  3.3 "  0.0 "
 Nov  36.0  46.0  56.0  3.5 "  0.2 "
 Dec  28.0  36.0  44.0  4.2 "  2.1 "

We have four full seasons and spring is glorious here.

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Cost of Living for Central Kentucky Bluegrass Region, KY

Central Kentucky Bluegrass Region, Kentucky cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

We have many housing opportunities including lovely historical homes in certified districts.

Senior Assistance in Central Kentucky Bluegrass Region, KY

Central Kentucky Bluegrass Region, Kentucky offers the following assistance for seniors:

We have two long term care facilities and an assisted living, a senior day care and senior citizen center with activities.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities to be board member, activities in one of the many civic groups and in a small community part time jobs are available for mom and pop shops and nonprofits.

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