The Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission Board of Directors fully supports the 68 Scenic Byway Designation from Paducah to Lebanon. The U.S. Highway 68 is a great source of pride for the citizens of Mercer County.
The highway, which begins in the eastern part of the county, runs directly through the heart of our city and continues through the western portion of our county. Many significant tourism points of interest are located directly on this stretch of highway: Kentucky River, Kentucky River Palisades, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Dixie Belle Riverboat, Harrodsburg Historic Downtown District (the city of Harrodsburg is a Gold Renaissance Community & a Preserve American Community), and Old Fort Harrod State Park. Beaumont Inn, a well-known landmark, is located near the route. Also, there are several Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants, and antique and crafts shops, which are found along the route.
The tourism industry plays an important role in the corridor’s local economy and this designation is one that merits special consideration. To extend the scenic byway designation from Paducah to Lebanon, from the existing Maysville to Lebanon designation, would greatly emphasize the wealth of historic and cultural attributes found along the entire route
We respectfully request that you give great consideration to the grant application.