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“Great way to spend the afternoon.”

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Harrodsburg
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Owner description: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination rooted in the spirit of the Kentuckians that called this place home for more than a century. Discover inspiring legacies, fresh-air adventures and spirited hospitality throughout Shaker Village's 3,000 acres. Onsite amenities include overnight accommodations, dining and catering services, retail shops, historical exhibitions and tours, a farm and garden area, a nature preserve, multi-use trail system, riverboat rides, equestrian stable and an extensive calendar of special programs, activities and events.
Nicholasville, Kentucky
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95 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great way to spend the afternoon.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Historical village of the Shakers. Beautiful scenery, interesting history. Great for all ages. Recommend!

Visited July 2012
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Waverly, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Wow. From the tuxedo cat that greeted us to the breathtakingly beautiful singing of Tawana in the meeting house to the incredible architecture of the meeting house to the knowledgable docents...superb. And the serene pastoral setting makes you want to stay forever. Found it fascinating.

Visited August 2012
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Winchester, Kentucky, United States
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“Listening to the Silence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

I first visited the village at Pleasant Hill as a boy. I've gone back many times during the passing years and it has become a very special place for me. If you are new to the village, you need to tour, gather all the info you can, and ask questions. Then you need to visit again and walk and listen and look at what is around you. There is a peace and serenity here that can't be manufactured. The believers intended for this village to be heaven on earth until they reached heaven. This shouldn't be a tourist destination, but an experience. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't hesitate to sit in the meeting house and listen. You don't have to spend a lot of money here. Spend time. My wife and I became "Friends of Pleasant Hill" for only $75, and we plan on giving more. The people that work here have a passion for their vocation that is isn't found many places. They are knowledgeable of the footsteps that they walk in and the space that they occupy. There is a deep respect for the people that worked and worshiped here. Come to Pleasant Hill, turn off the cell phone, don't look a the watch, and listen to the silence.

Visited October 2012
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“Wonderful way to spend a few hours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

My wife and I loved Pleasant Hill. Very serene and tranquil. Loads of buildings to explore and local volunteers on hand to tell you about the community and demonstrate skills. Although to an Englishman some of the local Kentucky accents were a little hard to follow! Some of the products were on sale where they were made, for example brooms.
We sat in a lovely singing exhibition by one of the volunteers in the Meeting Room.
We had a late lunch in the Dining Room in the first floor of the Inn. Great simple food, well presented by attentive staff.
There is a separate craft shop and a very large gift shop.
Sadly we didn't have time for the river boat ride.
Be great to stay there next time we are in Kentucky.

Visited September 2012
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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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“Many things to see and do!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Shakertown is a big village of religious zealots from 1805-1910. The shaker term was used to describe their style of worship. The men and women lived seperately and eventually died out due to their belief in celibacy. Go figure. But the place is fantastic to visit and the preseravtion is top notch. It can be a little pricey to visit the village. I do think that people with wheelchairs and walkers can enter for free. You can take a lot of good pictures and learn a lot about the times they lived in as well as their lifestyle.

You can do some things without paying for the village. And some are free. There are over 40 miles of trails that are free with the exception of equestrain users.

The craft store has country crafts, shaker reproductions, local foods and books. Tickets for the village and boat are purchased here.

The riverboat is a one hour tour on the Kentucky River. Between the palisades and under High Bridge. It is a double decker riverboat. We often bring a picnic to enjoy as we ride on the river. We go on the second level to enjoy the ride and they allow you to bring a cooler and eat on the boat.

The dining room is good and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The snack shop is open from April-October and offers sandwiches, chips and drinks.

You can do as little or as much as you like here. Check their website for the many activites they provide throughout the year. Some are free and cater to children.

Visited August 2012
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