In 1775, hunters from Harrodsburg were camping near here when they heard the news of a battle in the small Massachusetts town of Lexington. They commemorated the event by naming the site Lexington. Four years later, Robert Patterson and about 25 others hacked out a clearing in the heavy canebrake beside a branch of the Elkhorn River and built a crude fort. Patterson was a vigorous leader in this new community and became a trustee of the young Transylvania in 1795. His log cabin, one of the first in Lexington, is preserved here.
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