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“A first-hand learning experience”

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 June 21, 2014

Shaker Village is a wonderful step back into the past, The village is beautifully restored and, surprisingly, open 365 days a year. Special presentations about things like Shaker music are expertly presented, informative, and entertaining. We've been impressed with the level of expertise of all the presenters. The craftspeople clearly love what they are doing and if you're lucky enough to be there when there are few visitors, you may even get a real hands-on experience turning wood or making brooms. On a New Year's visit, we had a terrific lunch--slightly pricey but it included entry to the exhibits. We wish we had done an earlier lunch because the village closes relatively early. and I highly recommend the drive from Lexington; just past the small town of Wilmore, you are on a winding two-lane road with steep rock walls leading directly to the village--this has quickly become one of my favorite drives and destinations with visiting guests in our new home state.

2  Thank Angela C
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

Now that highway construction has closed the usual route to Shaker Village you might visit the website first to see the best way to go. We also routed ourselves through the nearby village of Burgin, Ky. To avoid a longer detour. We primarily visited to stay in the historic building for a night and enjoyed walking the path along the village of stone and wooden buildings from the 19th century. We have visited Shaker Village several times through the years so as we had our dog this time we kept to the outside and after hours sights. The buildings are interesting and many have been restored. We also went inside the east brethren building where we spent the night and the general sitting room of the east building as well as the trustee building which houses the restaurant. Take look at and photo of the circular stairs in the trustee building. We noted the village has a full schedule of activities and more so on weekends in the summer. We also walked through the animal areas and saw horses, steers, sheep and mules. There also is an old Shaker burial plot. This restored historic site is well worth a stop for a traveler interested in a peek at a bygone time when people lived in community and formed their own same sex families dedicated to glorifying God without being nuns or priests. Strictly a unique society that once existed in America and now is no more. So I recommend a visit and plan to return without my pet.

Thank Elaine M
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

We arrived once again to enjoy our wedding anniversary at Shakertown, Ky. We again found it to be a restful, great experience. We have stayed in many of the buildings over the years and enjoy trying new rooms in various buildings. We have walked the trails, toured the buildings with tour guides, eaten many fine meals in the restaurant and taken many nice quiet walks in the evening when there are few people outside. As an architect, I have great appreciation for the very fine buildings that were created and have been preserved so well. The new lambs were cavorting around in the village and gave one more good memory. For the first time, we took the paddle wheeler ride down the Ky. River. It is a quiet ride down river between the rock palisades. Overall, one of the things we like best is the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of the whole place. We highly recommend it.

2  Thank trwint
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Expensive but interesting to walk the buildings and hear the story. Once is enough. Worth 1 to 2 hours...... no more. Dixie Bell Paddle wheel is a yawn. If you have nothing else to do, by all means do go.

Thank Joseph Y
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

my wife and I were in awe at the restoration and dedication in bringing this community back to life...Very inspiring event that we will never forget...We even splurged by having lunch at the restaurant. The pork,mashed potatoes,green beans,bread was exceptional as was the tart(quiche). We both enjoyed the unique lemon pie as well...My wife bought a cookbook from the gift shop to bring some of the food home...

2  Thank Jim M
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