Logan’s Station

Historical Marker #56 in Stanford notes the significance of Logan's Station, an early Kentucky frontier fort.

Logan's Station (also known as St. Asaph) was established in 1775 by its namesake, Benjamin Logan, and John Floyd, after the men had explored and surveyed the area the year before. The location was selected largely due to its proximity to Buffalo Spring, which provided a water source for the settlement.

The Kentucky section of Boone Trace—a trail cut into Kentucky by Daniel Boone—originally ran north from Cumberland Gap to Boonesborough. However, a divergent section, called Skagg's Trace, was made that ran from Hazel Patch (in future Laurel County) northwest to Crab Orchard in Lincoln County. Later, this road was extended to Harrodsburg and then eventually to Louisville on the Ohio River. Logan's Station was established on the Skagg's Trace branch of what eventually became the Wilderness Road near present-day Stanford.

Logan's Station provided a refuge for families making their way west to lands in Kentucky County, Virginia. The fortification was described as being a stockade, measuring 150 by 90 feet, with family cabins spaced along the walls. Due to potential attacks by Native Americans, Logan's Station was a popular location for both permanent and transient frontier families.

In May 1777, Logan's Station was the scene of a thirteen-day siege by Native Americans. During the stalemate, one of the fort's occupants, Burr Harrison, was wounded outside the stockade. Benjamin Logan risked his life by rescuing the wounded man while protecting himself from deadly arrows with a feather mattress.

As Native American threats lessened throughout the 1790s, Logan's Station, like other frontier forts, lost their importance. Settlers once seeking protection within stockade walls and strength in numbers established independent family farms on their own lands.

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Logan Rescues Harrison

Logan Rescues Harrison

This colored woodcut shows Benjamin Logan's rescue of wounded Burr Harrison during a Native American attack. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Logan's Rescue of Harrison

Logan's Rescue of Harrison

This image shows an artist™s interpretation of Benjamin Logan's rescue of Burr Harrison in 1777. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. View File Details Page

Hazel Patch

Hazel Patch

Shown here is the Wood's Blockhouse marker sitting on a knoll located along Hazel Patch Creek on Boone Trace in Laurel County. John Floyd and Benjamin Logan followed Hazel Patch Creek which bends to the west (left in the photo) around the hill along Skagg's Trace toward Crab Orchard, and established Logan's Station (St. Asaph). Eventually the route would reach Harrodsburg and Louisville (at the Falls of the Ohio River). That path evolved into what became known as the Wilderness Road. View File Details Page

William Whitley

William Whitley

Frontiersman William Whitley lived for a short time at Logan's Station. He later built his own Lincoln County home and named it Sportsman's Hill. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Tim Talbott, “Logan’s Station,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed June 24, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/572.

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