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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg, KY
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 25 mi (40 km).

    Charming Tiny House on the Kentucky River
    Charming Tiny House on the Kentucky River

    Charming Tiny House on the Kentucky River

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Harrodsburg, this historic cottage is 6.3 mi (10.1 km) from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and within 20 mi (32 km) of Keeneland Racing Course and University of Kentucky. Kroger Field and Rupp Arena are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      Asbury Inn & Suites $105
      Asbury Inn & Suites

      Asbury Inn & Suites

      1 June Ryan Cir, Wilmore, KY
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Wilmore, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Connemara Golf Course, Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Wolf Run Wildlife Reserve and Chrisman Mill Vineyards are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Baymont by Wyndham Harrodsburg $59
        Baymont by Wyndham Harrodsburg

        Baymont by Wyndham Harrodsburg

        105 Commercial Drive, Harrodsburg, KY
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bright Leaf Golf Course, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and Herrington Lake. Great American Dollhouse Museum and Norton Center for the Arts are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Affordable Family Friendly Guest House Near Lexington
          Affordable Family Friendly Guest House Near Lexington

          Affordable Family Friendly Guest House Near Lexington

          Wilmore, Kentucky
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Wilmore, this vacation home is 9.2 mi (14.8 km) from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from Chrisman Mill Vineyards. Keeneland Racing Course and Fayette Mall are also within 16 mi (25 km).

            Luxurious Barn Apartment Located in a Working Thoroughbred Horse Farm
            Luxurious Barn Apartment Located in a Working Thoroughbred Horse Farm

            Luxurious Barn Apartment Located in a Working Thoroughbred Horse Farm

            Nicholasville, Kentucky
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Nicholasville, this vacation home is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Wolf Run Wildlife Reserve and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. Herrington Lake and Asbury University are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              The Reserve in Woodford Co
              The Reserve in Woodford Co

              The Reserve in Woodford Co

              Versailles, Kentucky
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Versailles, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wildside Winery, Jack Jouett House Historic Site, and Asbury University. Nostalgia Station Toy Train Museum and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill are also within 16 mi (25 km).

                Herrington Lake House
                Herrington Lake House

                Herrington Lake House

                Lancaster, Kentucky
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars