Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg

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Experience life in a 17th-century Shaker religious community at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Active from 1805 to 1910 as the site of Shaker life, the community has been preserved to reflect its history. As you wander through the homes, you'll have the chance to read the inhabitants' stories and catch demonstrations on activities like broom-making or woodworking. The group's vision for sustainable land use can be seen through more than 404 hectares (1,000 acres) of native prairie and wildflowers and in the working farm and gardens. Learn about the Shakers on a tour of the village and get a feel for how their values have inspired generations after them. Plan to see Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and other attractions that appeal to you using our Harrodsburg tour planner.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Stopped here for a tour and was very disappointed. Was expecting a lot more to see inside the homes such as people representing the Shakers and more actual pieces from the period. We found neither. St...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Checked in after dark in July. We went to registration and were given our keys and a crude map for the location of our room. We were somewhat familiar with the grounds but had to hunt a flashlight to ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    We visited Shakertown, as it's locally known, for an Arts & Crafts Fair. Really good quality, hand-made items. Admission included the entire property, and we enjoyed learning about the Shakers' worshi...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    We were there with a group of 40+ and were provided with a wonderful guide who was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer every question our group asked her. We were in one of the meeting houses built with excellent acoustics. Before we left that particular house, our group sang "Sweet, Sweet Spirit" and it was a marvelous experience! We had lunch there as well, down in a basement, and it was wonderful. Everything was immaculate and every person we encountered was so courteous and helpful. We didn't have enough time there and plan to return as soon as we can. It was so peaceful there and a true breath of fresh air. I would recommend this to absolutely anyone.
  • July 2, 2017
    Shaker Village is a very interesting place, unfortunately I can only rate based on my experience and I was not able to take a guided tour or see any reenactment as I've heard happens there often. As such I can't really say it was more than a glorified walking tour on my part. The restaurant had fast and friendly service but there are many local places with better recipes. The hot brown was made with goat cheese, which I feel didn't quite go well together. The catfish sandwich was good. The lemon pie is tasty but not exactly to everyone's taste. The bourbon chocolate cake however is amazing.
  • July 8, 2017
    Not as expected from past visits. They have a new chef, which has resulted in changes to the menu. The corn bread, tomato celery soup and the cold brown sandwich are no longer served. The catfish sandwich my daughter had today was totally lacking in taste. Our grilled chicken hot brown sandwich was fair. The bread on top was so hard it was barely edible. Our turkey and rice soup was made with tiny cubes of turkey that were obviously processed and not made from turkey breast, this in spite of the waiter's statement that all soups were hand-made now. Last Thanksgiving we were pleased with the meal, but not so much today...
  • June 13, 2017
    I love this place! A true " step back in time experience. My son and I were there for Thanksgiving dinner. Our first visit. The food was wonderful and service was excellent. We were there for breakfast also and the buffet style, serve yourself breakfast was very Kentucky. Great! Rooms were comfortable and really have all the atmosphere we were hoping for. Gift shop is good too!
  • April 28, 2017
    I was part of a group of eleven people visiting Shaker Village on a Monday. We were hoping to eat lunch and then take a tour of the village. Much to our dismay, we were to wait for two and a half hours. I am not taking away stars for that, however, because we should have called ahead and made reservations. The restaurant has a limited number of servers and they don't want to compromise quality by cramming the place full. I can respect that attitude. In lieu of lunch at the restaurant, they have a gift shop with sandwiches, salads and drinks. This was sufficient for our group. The little ice cream cups in the cooler are delicious. The tours we took were very informative and interesting. If you like singing and have some friends that do as well, the meeting room has some amazing acoustics and you should flex your vocal pipes in there because it's a lot of fun! I am reserving the last star until I actually have a meal there, but I'm sure the food is quite good!

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