With the help of other early settlers, Alexander Buchanan first surveyed and laid out the town of Harrodsburg in 1837 and named it for his wife, "New Jane." This name lasted until the town began to grow, and the name was changed to Harrodsburg in honor of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Buchanan's native home. Today, Harrodsburg is an unincorporated town in Monroe County.
Harrodsburg is located upon a broad ridge top that has had business development for decades while surrounding agricultural lands serve as a greenbelt of working farms, farmhouses, and open space. The surrounding agricultural lands have provided a distinct edge to the Harrodsburg community for more than a century. Those considering a move to the area have a wealth of options when choosing a suitable location to call home. Our realtors can help you find a home in one of the great neighborhoods in town or on a beautiful piece of property that is nestled in the country among the many farms that dot the landscape.
In the early days, the area was made up of dense forests and ungraded hills, a hard day's travel at the time. Today, travel is much easier. The Harrodsburg area is easily accessible by a number of county roads and state highways as are other nearby communities. Harrodsburg sits roughly halfway between Bloomington and Bedford along State Road 37 in southern Indiana. Give our office a call, and we can help you navigate the area and show you what the real estate market has to offer.
Historically, residents of the Harrodsburg area made their living close to home on farms, in factories, shops, and quarries. Today, most Harrodsburg residents work elsewhere in Monroe County or in the surrounding region. If you’re considering commuting from Harrodsburg, we can help you find the perfect area in relation to your job. Set up an appointment today so we can get started.
College Mall in Bloomington offers a stress-free shopping experience. The mall features more than 80 specialty stores and eateries. The Historic Bloomington Antique Mall features quality antiques, artwork, and artisan-made crafts with a farmers market across the street.
Other restaurants in Bloomington offer a wide variety of menu choices. Mother Bear’s Pizza is a staple of Bloomington and serves tasty pizza, pasta dishes, and subs, too. Another popular restaurant is FARMbloomington, a restaurant that prides itself on a menu consisting of ingredients solely made from locally grown food. Scenic View Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and often has live entertainment. El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant serves great Latin American food. Sweet Grass Restaurant offers classic Southern fare. Cabin Restaurant & Lounge has good food at a reasonable price. Anatolia serves the finest tastes of Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine.
Lake Monroe is one of Indiana's largest lakes offering Mother Nature's best with scenic shorelines dotted with stone bluffs and a 360-degree canvas of rolling wooded hills. It is a recreational haven, offering boating, water sports, fishing, and accommodations from primitive to luxurious. For hiking enthusiasts, Monroe Lake sits within the Hoosier National Forest, and there are a number of trails that open to the lake. Fairfax State Recreation Area is located on the west side of Monroe Lake, only a few miles from Harrodsburg. It features a swimming beach, boat ramp, and picnic areas.
The Harrodsburg Community Building, built in 1992, is a central site for community events and public meetings in town. Harrodsburg Heritage Days Festival is a free-admission event held annually in May. The event promotes community spirit with residents participating in projects that help perpetuate, preserve, and record the history of the Harrodsburg area.
In its early days, Harrodsburg enjoyed considerable retail store success. Its well-stocked stores were part of a flourishing retail industry. A surrounding farming district of six miles or more did their business in town. Today, most of the retail trade lies outside of town, but the agricultural industry still contributes a great deal to the local economy.
The most common industry in the area is public administration. Other common industries include accommodation and food services, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and healthcare and social assistance. There are three hospitals within a ten-mile radius of Harrodsburg.
The Monroe County Community School Corporation offers comprehensive educational curriculum with special activities and programs geared to provide enrichment, exploration, and instructional support for students in grades pre-K through 12. This school district has two of the finest high schools (Bloomington North and Bloomington South) in the state of Indiana. The high schools offer very rigorous and challenging curriculum.
Many students complete Advanced Placement exams and earn college credit. These students consistently score above the state and national average on the SAT/ACT and above the state average on the ISTEP/GQE. All students receive diverse co-curricular and extra-curricular programs that are integrated with technology. These types of programs balance student’s needs and interests, resulting in high levels of student engagement, achievement, and completion. Students are also provided a safe, secure learning environment.
For those wishing to pursue secondary education, there are seven universities within a 75-mile radius of Harrodsburg: Indiana University (Bloomington), Indiana University-Purdue University at Columbus, Vincennes University, DePauw University (Greencastle), Indiana State University (Terre Haute), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute), and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (West Terre Haute).