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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.
Reviewed August 1, 2013

History abounds at Shaker Village. Original buildings from the early 1800's to explore. Artisans still plying their trade. We particularly enjoyed the looms and spinning wheel. The woodshop could have been better, but I attribute it to the craftsman's lack of interest. We also ate at the restaurant, which was a treat. Take the tour and listen to the history. You will enjoy it.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I have wanted to visit The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill for several years, after seeing it featured in a magazine. I was not disappointed on my recent visit. The history of the Shakers is very interesting, and their architecture and design is beautiful in its simple elegance. Pleasant Hill defines quaintness. The area is so picturesque and peaceful, and it is the perfect place to spend a day appreciating the Kentucky countryside. Costumed interpreters lend an authenticity to the setting while providing a background on Shaker life. The Centre Family dwelling is one of the highlights of the village. It is surprisingly expansive, and the majority of the areas are open to the public. Demonstrations were taking place inside during our visit, including carpentry, weaving, and broom making.

You can borrow old-fashioned style bikes for free at the Trustees' Building. We decided to do this on our trip and enjoyed riding down to some of the fields. The village offers several hiking, biking, and horse riding paths. We decided to venture down the Meadow View Trail on our borrowed bikes, which was a mistake. The trail was scenic, but definitely far from ideal for a bike ride.

We also took the Dixie Belle Riverboat ride for $10. It was nice break from walking around the village, but the 45 minute ride was dull at times. We expected more narration about the history of the Shakers, but very little information was given. The limestone cliffs were scenic along the ride, but I probably would not take the riverboat ride again. Shaker Village is much more intriguing.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a great place to visit if you are interested in the ways that mankind subsisted off of the land. A truly great place for children to get a "glimpse of the way things used to be"... We highly recommend the restaurant for lunch... good old KY food and a great value ! If you are doing the " Bourbon Trail" ... this is a great side stop. I do wish that they had a little better signage as to which buildings were open for tour and which were not..... cost us some extra time in the heat..... nothing like the Shakers endured, I am sure :-) Overall ... do not miss !

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We arrived at 10:00 and did the tour of the central house (highly recommended). We got a good overview of the Shakers and how they lived. This is a fascinating destination of you have an interest in American religious history. Admission also includes other tours and musical performance in the meeting house.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I had been to Shaker Village as a young child and vividly remember it. That's why I looked forward to taking my children on a day trip. We booked a tour, wagon ride, and boat ride. The tour was educational, the wagon ride was nice, and the craftsperson demonstrations were second to none. My only minor complaint was the boat ride. It's fine for many; however, my children quickly grew bored of the ride, which lasted for well over an hour. Overall, every employee we encountered at Shaker Village was knowledgeable, professional, and presented information in a manner in which my children and I could understand. I only wish that we could have stayed longer.

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