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Historic porches are highlight of Harrodsburg tour

James Harrod Trust Historic Porch Tour

Preview of Harrodsburg tour on June 11 to benefit James Harrod Trust.
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Preview of Harrodsburg tour on June 11 to benefit James Harrod Trust.

A trip down East Lexington Street in Harrodsburg will have you longing for a wide, front porch with a padded wicker swing and the time to linger on a breezy summer afternoon.

On Saturday, The James Harrod Trust will host a guided Historic Porch Tour of 10 homes along this corridor that leads into downtown Harrodsburg.

Many of the stately homes that line the street were built in the late 1800s, the golden era of porches.

It’s a part of the home that’s missing in so many of today’s newer neighborhoods, where home exteriors often look one like another, organizers said.

“Thank goodness these old streets have such magnificent and interesting porches,” said Amalie Preston of The James Harrod Trust. “Of course, modern subdivisions do not, because we’ve gotten into our air conditioners and TVs and away from porches.”

The tour will start at 222 East Lexington Street. The former tavern was built between 1810 and 1813.

“It was added on and made into a house in the 1870s,” said Matthew Singleton, who moved there with partner Seth Singleton in 2012.

Across the train tracks that once dropped off visitors is Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home at 304 East Lexington Street. The former home retains its inviting wraparound porch.

George and Beth Neal live in a home built in the 1870s by the Bohon family, who owned a buggy factory in Harrodsburg.

Perched on a hill, it has a perfect view from the front porch of the comings and goings on the street below.

“I sit out on the front porch quite a bit,” said George Neal, who will be there during the tour to greet visitors. “We’re going to do a walk around the house, the back yard, too.”

One of the newest additions is a wall along the side of the yard, crafted from chiseled Mercer County stone, some of it rescued from local old houses that were being torn down.

Carolyn Cole of The Harrod Trust said she hopes that visitors on the tour will stop for a moment and share in one of the joys of another era.

“The people that will allow us, we’ll sit on the porch and you’ll kind of get a feel of the people going by, and the buggies and the horses, the way the world was,” she said.

Harriett Hendren: 859-231-3175

If you go

‘A Walk in Time’ Historic Porch Tour

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Old Tavern, 222 E. Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg

Cost: $10

Information: 859-734-3381

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