Harrodsburg Spring - Young Park

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The ghost story here begins with a beautiful young woman who checked in to the Harrodsburg Springs Hotel, which stood on the park grounds in the late 1800s, under a false name. She danced with several partners in the hotel ballroom, as the men all lined up for a chance to dance with her. At the end of the night and without warning, she simply died in her last partner’s arms. The staff and guests held a funeral for her and, not knowing her identity, they buried her on the hotel grounds. The hotel burned down decades ago, but her grave still remains, under a marker that reads “UNKNOWN – Hallowed and Hushed be the place of the dead. Step Softly. Bow Head.” Local lore says her ghostly form still appears, dancing in the moonlight.

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502 Linden Ave
Harrodsburg, KY
United States

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37.75591460883159, -84.84769749639781
Mercer County, Kentucky
Nearest Towns:
Harrodsburg, KY (0.5 mi.)
Burgin, KY (4.4 mi.)
Jackson, KY (4.9 mi.)
High Bridge, KY (8.5 mi.)
Danville, KY (8.7 mi.)
Perryville, KY (9.2 mi.)
Salvisa, KY (11.1 mi.)
Junction City, KY (12.1 mi.)
Mackville, KY (12.1 mi.)
Wilmore, KY (12.5 mi.)


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  1. I lived in Harrodsburg for 8 years starting in the late 80s just found out about this story 25 years after leaving.I’ve been to the fairgrounds many times never witnessed anything.I wish I knew about the story while living there.

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