HARRODSBURG — Wednesday, more than a piece of history was removed from Main Street as the old courthouse began to be torn down — a time capsule almost a century old also surfaced.
On Aug. 17, 1912, Mercer County residents celebrated the cornerstone laying of the courthouse. Local citizens and organizations placed important documents in a time capsule inside the cornerstone.
As the courthouse started to come down Wednesday and the cornerstone was taken from the rubble, the 97-year-old capsule was opened.
For Mercer County resident Amalie Preston, a member of the Harrodsburg Historical Society, the experience was bittersweet.
"Nothing else has ever been on this sight," she said.
The first courthouse was built in 1789, rebuilt in 1818 and again in 1912. It was remodeled in 1928 after a fire gutted most of the building.