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James or William?

Who is the Namesake
for Harrods Creek?


Capt. Jim Willis

 

Entering Harrods Creek from the River, waving to the diners at Captains Quarters Restaurant and seeing folks enjoying an ice cream treat at the Harrods Creek Boat Harbor did you ever ask yourself - was it William or James Harrod?

The town "Harrod" was planned by a group of developers named the Transylvania Company, and lots were sold, but the town as a municipal entity was never completed due to competition and long distance from the growing Portland area of the Falls of the Ohio. The area now known as "Harrods Creek" was known as "Seminary Land" for some time. Development began when the Louisville-Westport Pike (later renamed River Road) was built through it. Harrod's Tavern was an early stopping point for boats headed downstream, and the building lives on, heavily rebuilt, as the Captain's Quarters Riverside Grill.

Harrods Creek is named for either James Harrod, founder modern Harrodsburg, or Captain William Harrod, an early Louisvillian who served in 1779 at the Fort of the Falls of the Ohio. The debate continues - but, the historical jury leans to James.

James Harrod, born in 1746, was a pioneer, soldier, and hunter who helped explore and settle the area west of the Allegheny Mountains. He was possibly underage when he served in the French and Indian War, and later participated in the Dunmore War. He also rose to the rank of colonel in the local militia. James Harrod led many expeditions into the regions that now form Kentucky and Illinois. He and a band of almost forty men founded the first permanent settlement in Kentucky on June 16, 1774. The settlement was named Harrod's Town in his honor.

In 1792, Harrod disappeared while on a hunting trip in the wilderness. While it is possible that he was killed by Indians or it could be that he became ill and died of natural causes.

 

 

Capt. Jim Willis
Paradigm Yacht Sales

Jim Willis has over 35 years of inland waterway boating experience having owned and operated a variety of cruisers and houseboats.

Jim brings 30+ years of corporate management and customer service expertise to Paradigm Yacht Sales, along with his passion for life on the water and boating. He and his wife Mary Pat have lived aboard and served as an inland waterway delivery captain, bringing a unique understanding of the needs and issues of recreational boaters.

Having owned and operated boats up to 70', Jim enjoys sharing his experiences and guidance to the boating community. His credentials include the USCG Captains License (Master 100 GRT), a BS in Economics from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.

Jim and his family live along the banks of the Ohio River and he works primarily from the Paradigm Louisville office.

jim@paradigmyachts.com

 

This article was contributed to this site by Paradigm Yacht Sales, Louisville's largest brokerage.

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Prospect, KY 40059

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