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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Village

Discover the rich traditions and fascinating heritage of Kentucky’s Shaker community at this sprawling estate and restored historic village.

The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is the largest restored historic village of its kind in the United States. See tranquil pastoral meadows, nature reserves, historic Shaker structures and a stretch of lush riverfront when you explore the beautiful 3,000-acre (1,214-hectare) estate. With preserved artifacts, a working farm and a strip of expertly restored buildings, the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill presents a bygone era of craftsmanship and spirituality.

Begin your experience of the Shaker Village at the estate’s Historic Center. This educational hub offers insight into the community’s 105-year tenure at Pleasant Hill through historical exhibits. See fascinating relics dating back to the village’s settlement in 1805 and learn about the Shakers’ seasonal calendar and religious customs. Delve deeper into the region’s history to find out about the Shaker fossil hunters who unearthed the remains of prehistoric mammoth. Stroll along the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) turnpike to see 34 surviving buildings from the village’s more than 260 original structures. Some of the historic buildings have been converted to artists’ studios, which host local artists and artisans.

Experience the distinctive Shaker craftsmanship for yourself with a hands-on workshop or demonstration. Listen to performances of the traditional Shaker hymns and songs or ride on a horse-drawn wagon. Make your way over to the Farm to learn about the community’s sustainable farming practices or jump aboard the hay wagon.

The Shaker Village’s surrounding Preserve is an enchanting expanse of greenery. Ride on the historic Dixie Belle riverboat or bring your own canoe to paddle down the Kentucky River. Walk around the network of hiking trails and relax with a picnic by the riverside. As well as a restaurant, the estate has a historic inn and charming cottages where you can spend the night. Browse souvenirs and craft items at one of three on-site shops.

The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is located in Harrodsburg. Explore Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark with a self-guided or staff-led tour. Look up the program to find out what events and workshops are being held during your visit. Purchase admission tickets at the Trustees’ Office on site between Tuesday and Sunday.

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