Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Part 1

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is located twenty-five miles southwest of Lexington, Kentucky. Located in Harrodsburg, KY, Shaker Village is a very popular tourist destination with an intriguing history. Listed on The National Historic Registry, Shaker Village is a place many people have enjoyed visiting.


The morning I visited, it was right after sunrise and the village Christmas lights were still on and the buildings and grounds looked beautiful with the rising sun along with the decorations.

I had hoped to visit Shaker Village during the peak of fall season but visiting during the Christmas season turned out to be wonderful! Lanterns, lit fences, and a sleigh added to the scenery.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill welcomes tourists from all over. It is America's largest restored Shaker Village. The ” Shakers” were a religious community that was active from about 1805-1910.

The stone boundary walls line the parking area of the village. I noticed one of my favorite things right away- a barn quilt.


At Shaker Village, there are 34 original 19th century buildings and there are over 3,000 acres. Besides the area where most of these buildings are, there are many trails to explore, there is a farm area to visit (coming in part 2) and a road to the Dixie Belle Riverboat if you're interested.

The Second Great Awakening that began in the 1700's influenced the Shakers to broaden their ministry. Three Shaker missionaries traveled far and gathered a group of interested persons that would adhere to the teaching of Mother Ann Lee. One thing she believed was that those in the Shaker community all shared a brother/sister relationship and that there would be no marriage among members. If couples came into the Shaker Community, they would live separately.

White fences line the walkway of many of the historic buildings at Shaker Village.

By 1812, 3 communal families had been formed and a fourth was for potential converts. The Civil War depleted a lot of resources at Shaker Village. By 1875, only about half of the nearly 500 members remained and by 1900, only 34 remained. The Shaker Village dissolved in 1910. (Wikipedia)

Meeting Area C

This is the East Family Dwelling. Interesting to note, Thomas Merton, a monk from the nearby Abbey of Gethsemani, had written of Shaker Village as early as 1949.

Dates are marked on many of the buildings.

Old Stone Shop


During the Christmas season, this building becomes The Elf Shop

The sleigh at Shaker Village


The lanterns were still shining at dawn.





This old faded sign still stands on the property.

Sunrise at Shaker Village


The Centre Family Dwelling 1824-1834. This dwelling housed over 100 Shakers. The dwelling was built of limestone from atop the Palisades of the Kentucky River.

Founded 1821

Spiritual life of the Shakers is actually how they got their name. They were known to “shake” with their dancing and became known as the Shakers.

The Water House



The Brethrens Bath House






Artist studios have some wonderful items to see!

The Craft Store (old post office)

The East Family Brethren's Shop






Special exhibits are available throughout the year.


The East Family Sister Shop

A swing near the East Family Sister Shop

A snowman on the side of one of the many buildings.

The Workshop


The Farm Deacon's Shop


Discovery Tours depart on the hour. They provide a guided walk through the Village.

For more information on Shaker Village, visit

There are many special events that take place throughout the year. The historic buildings are just a small part of all that's available to see here. There is an Inn, a restaurant, carriage rides, a craft shop, and more! I will be adding a separate blog about the Shaker farm and a portion of one of the many trails at Shaker Village. Thank you for visiting with me!





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