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Visiting the Shaker Village Harrodsburg, KY

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My husband and I recently went on an overnight trip to Shaker Village in Harrodsburg, KY.

We love to learn about history in our state, so when I was asked if I would like to visit and check it out, we said yes.

If you live in the Western, KY area as I do, the drive is about 3 and 1/2 hours, but if you live closer to the Eastern Ky side, then you can visit everything all in a day here.

Shaker Village

It is called Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, but it is located in Harrodsburg, KY.

Driving to Shakertown Village in Harrodsburg KY

We decided to get the full experience and spend the night there. Before we arrived, I had people telling me that because it was a Shaker village, we wouldn't be allowed to sleep together, but no worries! Even though it is a Shaker village, they don't make guests follow their rules.

It is not an active Shaker Village. It is just a historical site, so all the dwelling houses have been turned into hotel accommodations.

The Inn at the Shaker Village

Shakertown Village Hotel Room

Each room in the family dwelling houses have been equipped with a mixture of hotel accommodations and older artifacts.

Shakertown Village Inn

In our room, we had the most amazing King sized bed that slept great. In our room, there was also rocking chairs, a work table, and a high boy dresser — all simpler pieces of furniture from that era possibly.

Shakertown Village Room rocking chairs

If you visit in February, they have a special going on during your stay. In your room, you will be showered with roses, chocolate covered strawberries and rose petals to scatter on the bed. It makes for a very romantic night away.

Shakertown Village 2016 special

One of the cool things about the dwelling houses is that each one is equipped with community rooms, which is a place where you can sit and hang out, watch a little television, or even play some old fashioned board games.

Shakertown Village Community Room

While they do offer television in every room and in the community room, there are only about 5 channels on the television. Wifi is offered at the Trustee's building and a couple of other places, so don't think you are going to spend hours on the Internet.

The best way to enjoy your time at the Shaker Village is to get out and explore which is exactly what we did. We donned our jackets because it was a very brisk cold day and headed out to check out the village and all that it had to offer.

Exploring the Shakertown Village

The Village Grounds

The grounds surrounding the village were just absolutely beautiful. I even posted on Instagram about the beauty that can be found in aged buildings.

East Family dwelling house in Shakertown Village

East Family Dwelling House

My husband had a wonderful time taking photos of all the surrounding buildings, lakes, farm, and more. He has a great eye for capturing the stillness that seems to encapsulate what you feel when you visit here.

Stephen at Shakertown Village

I think that is what I really loved about walking around at the Village. It was quiet. There were tons of people there, but we were all in awe of the artifacts and just learning about the rich history of the Shaker people.

Path to the Trustees Building at Shakertown

As we walked, you could hear the crunch of the rocks against our shoes, you could hear your breathing and it was exquisite to just step back from the hustle and bustle of my normal life to take in this era of time that I knew very little about before visiting here.

The Rock Wall at Shakertown Village

In fact, that night after dinner as we walked back to our dwelling house, I looked up and for the first time in a very long time, I saw the stars — a beautiful clear night sky full of twinkling beautiful stars.

 The Food at the Shaker Village

If you visit Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, then you MUST stop and take a moment to enjoy a meal at the Trustee's Table.

Lunch at the Trustee's Table

The thing that intrigued me the most about the food that they served, is that basically everything is grown or harvested right on the farm.

They boast and talk proudly about their seed to table menu options and I will be the first to tell you that they did not disappoint at all.

Complimentary coleslaw and cornbread at the Trustee's Table

We ate three full meals here to get the whole effect. We had lunch while we waited for our room to be prepared and let me just tell you that the coleslaw they offer at the table with cheesy cornbread? It is something you need to taste. I almost ate the whole entire bowl myself.

The tomato soup was warm and soothing to my soul since I was cold from walking about the grounds.

Dinner at the Trustee's Table

Dinner was equally exquisite. I chose the pork chop with herb butter. At night, they serve you table side with 3 vegetables for the day.

We had Garlic and Ginger green beans, squash casserole, and Smashed potatoes. For dessert, I had the old-fashioned Shaker Lemon Pie. This has been served in the community since the beginning.

Shakertown Lemon Pie

Then the next morning, we ate the breakfast buffet with comes with complimentary pumpkin muffins and biscuits. With a hot cup of coffee, you will be in total breakfast heaven.

Breakfast at the Trustee's Table

The Artifacts and Tours

I am not a big fan of listening to people talk about the history of a place I visit. I am more a fan of self-led tours and that is what you get when you visit Shaker Village.

We went to the fireside chat to listen to Johnathan talk about the history there. I asked a few questions and then we toured the Center Family Dwelling house. This is where they have all the artifacts set up.

Fireside chat with Johnathan at Shakertown

The artifacts were SO cool and there was SO much history there. Some of my favorite pieces I have listed below.

Journal page at Shakertown

Original journal page from 1856

Broom Making Station

Broom Making Station

Shakertown Medicine bottles

Medicine Bottles from that time period

I really enjoyed learning about the Shakers and the time period with which they were active. They were not as simple of a group as you might have thought ( I know I learned quite a bit).

If you are a true lover of history, if you like good food, and want to just take a step back from all the hustle and bustle, then take a day or two and go visit the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.

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Mindi Hirsch

Monday 1st of August 2016

The food looks so good. How great that you ate three meals to get the full experience.


Monday 1st of August 2016

U.S. history always fascinates me - so much going on. I've been to Kentucky a few times but never explored the Shaker culture.


Monday 1st of August 2016

This looks pretty interesting and the photos are lovely. I am making note of this for when we return to US.

Ajay Sood

Monday 1st of August 2016

Thanks for sharing! For an uninitiated person, it would have been nicer if you had mentioned who are the shakers. The experience there does seem divine, but I feel slightly confused about the origin of the term and their background!

Rob Taylor

Sunday 31st of July 2016

I think this actually looks a bit more inviting and fun/relaxing than Williamsburg. The accommodations look perfect and all of the property and demos sound wonderful.

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