Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Harrodsburg
Where is it at?
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road
Tel: 800 734-5611
Where are we going today?
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is known as "3,000 acres of discovery". In fact, if you visit, you will be standing on the spot that Kentukians called home for more than 100 years.
Now, you can explore the legacy and history of this special community.
The Historic Center is the best place to start your journey at Shaker Hill. The "shakers" who lived at Shaker Hill embraced a kinship with not only the land, but also each other. They committed their lives to that higher calling, and now it's your turn to find out about them!
Sis you know that one of the founding members who actually signed the covenant in 1814 was born into slavery? Imagine the journey her life took! The stories of those who lived here will really allow the family to discover your OWN pioneering spirit!
You can learn new skills, and be inspired!
The Shakers actually spent their days tending to thousands of acres of fruits, vegetables, livestock, and grains. No walking to the restaurants for them! They would prepare feasts for the community (imagine cooking for 500!). Farming was at the heart at what they did, and now The Farm at Shaker Hill shares these lessons in sustainability, which is a great lesson for the kids!
Kids also love meeting the farm animals they have on site! Say hi to the lambs, help round up the chickens, and if you visit in the spring you might be able to hold the sweet new piglets!
Then there is the preserve itself! Walk, bike, and explore nature as you enjoy the forests, streams and wide open spaces that make up the land.
An amazing insight into not only history, but how an entire community lived in Kentucky.
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (ages 6 to 12)
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Tues to Thus, & Sun / 10am - 8pm Fri & Sat
Open Mondays but "quiet day" without talks and exhibitions
Special admission and tours are available for student groups! They offer field trips, homeschool days and youth groups trips!.
The Trustees Tables offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with seed-to-table dishes of traditional Kentucky fare! .
There are healthy options at the Trustees Table. In fact, it's nearly all healthy!.
Any Top Tips?
Check the daily schedule when you first arrive, so you can see the activities planned and you can plan your day around them!.
Doing our bit
They are preserving the history of the Shakers, and do so by preserving their way of life. They also make it fun for families, and also have wagon and river boat rides too! .
Need a little extra help?
Accessibility can be challenging due to the natural and historic features. There are several accessible tours, and if you offer them advanced notice they can do their best to accommodate you .
Can I get one of those?
There are 3 shops that you can pick up gifts such as traditional toys, books, and merchandise. .
Mondays are quiet days. This means you are welcome to explore the grounds, dine and shop, but the demonstrations, buildings, exhibits and guided tours aren't available. .
What people are saying?
by Bob Klein
Several of us spent the day at the village. Cant say enough about the feeling and the staff there. Good lunch, great working shops. Fascinating stuff. I will make another trip back. From learning about broom making, woodworking shop, driving oxen, the herb garden. They even have rooms to rent. Nothing to complain about.
by Zach Abel
Great experience with the wife and kids. Hands on demos and a kind staff made the visit very memorable. Highly recommended, a neat bit of Americana can be discovered here!
by Sharon Smith
On a visit from PA, Stopped in for great food. Was not disappointed. Great family dinning atmosphere. Staff was friendly & efficient.
by Nancy Moïse Haws
One of the best Utopian historic places to visit.
by A Google User
I have stayed here on several occasions and I love the quiet country setting. The rooms are simple and comfortable. Don't expect a lot of amenities. It is meant to be this way. The food here is simple country fair that is very well prepared with fresh local ingrediants. Try to go in the fall when the trees turn, this will be one of the most beautiful places to be.