There are 3 principle theories surrounding his disappearance,
One theory is that James Harrod was killed by indians or became ill and died in the wilderness?
Another theory is one of abandonment, that he left Fort Harrod to live with his “first” family he had before his days in Kentucky. Some say his wife at the Fort had become “too friendly” with other men, forcing Harrod to take what was called a “frontiersman’s divorce” and just walk away!
Then there is the theory that Harrod was murdered! Murdered by a fellow “hunter,” a man named Bridges. Harrod’s family in Kentucky claimed that the men were not actually on a “hunting trip,” but were in fact on an expedition in search of a famous silver mine a man named Jonathan Swift had discovered years earlier. Maybe they found the silver mine and since there is rarely honor among thieves, Bridges killed Harrod to get all the silver for himself?
A real “who done it”….. for sure!
We will probably never know what happened to James Harrod almost 225 years ago…It would certainly make for an interesting episode of the popular program “Dateline.” A visit to the Fort may not shed any new-light on Harrod’s disappearance, but if you are interested in early American History and want to see what life was like on the old-frontier, make sure you visit Fort Harrod and become a modern-day explorer of sorts!
|The main-gate at Fort Harrod.|
|The 1924 replica of old Fort Harrod.|
|The inner courtyard of Fort Harrod.|
|A fireplace in one of the kitchens at the Fort.|
|A frontiersman’s bed at Fort Harrod. Looks real “comfy.”|