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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.
Situated in the historical district, this inn is 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from Fort Harrod State Park, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Great American Dollhouse Museum and Keeneland Racing Course. University of Kentucky and Kroger Field are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this historic cottage is 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and within 12 miles (20 km) of Asbury University and Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. University of Kentucky and Rupp Arena are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Situated on a lake, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Herrington Lake and within 12 miles (20 km) of Wolf Run Wildlife Reserve and Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. Fort Harrod State Park and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in Wilmore, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Connemara Golf Course, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Wolf Run Wildlife Reserve. Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and Chrisman Mill Vineyards are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Wilmore, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Asbury University and within 9 miles (15 km) of CHI Saint Joseph Health - Saint Joseph Jessamine and BlueGrass Renal Care. Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and Connemara Golf Course are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Fort Harrod State Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Bright Leaf Golf Course and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Herrington Lake and Great American Dollhouse Museum are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated on a lake, this romantic holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Herrington Lake and within 12 miles (20 km) of Bright Leaf Golf Course and Community Arts Center. Constitution Square State Park and Ephraim McDowell House are also within 12 miles (20 km).
This family-friendly Lancaster holiday home is located on a lake, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Herrington Lake, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Constitution Square State Park and Bright Leaf Golf Course. Community Arts Center and Ephraim McDowell House are also within 9 miles (15 km).