South Union Shaker Village, South Union

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#38 of 94 in Museums in Kentucky
The Shaker Museum at South Union is located at the historic site of the South Union Shaker Village in Auburn, Kentucky, United States. The village was established by the Shakers in 1807 and closed in 1922. The museum itself is located in the South Union Shaker Center House and Preservatory, an 1824 40-room Centre House, filled with original artifacts exemplifying the Shakers' craftsmanship and unique way of life.The museum is on the South Union Shakertown Historic Trail, included in the US National Register of Historic Places. The Shaker Museum at South Union is a non-profit educational organization devoted to preserving the Shaker culture and legacy.Further readingKelly, Andrew . "Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture". Lexington, Kentucky, University Press of Kentucky.
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  • Not a lot remains of this community founded in the 1800s by the religious group known as Shakers but their story is fascinating and remarkable. The buildings that remain are well appointed and there i...  more »
  • A beautifully kept historic complex. The history of this religious sect is very interesting, along with the craftsmanship and agriculture abilities the residents exhibited to sustain themselves. The c...  more »
  • This was something that we wanted to see as the Shaker movement is of interest. Several different buildings and information. Not the best place to take young children, and quite a bit of walking and u...  more »
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  • Quite a unique stop. I hadn't planned to stop here on my way through but found it to be a unique little slice of American religious history. The facility was incredibly clean and the adoption of technology by the Shakers was pretty fascinating. I wouldn't necessarily expect people to make long trips to this single destination but if you are in the area and enjoy elements of religious history, you should give it a try.
  • This place was so much more than I had expected. I did not have time to tour the entire Shaker Village. Future visitors to the South Union Shaker Village should be aware that there is a lot of walking involved in the tour....but you walk/tour at your own pace and it is 100% worth it!!!
  • Interesting to see novel ways the Shakers followed their lifestyle, and that it was not always harmonious within the community. Even with the "separation" from the secular world, modern updates made their way into the society. It would be quite the challenging lifestyle to accept in today's world.
  • Beautiful, fascinating example of a shaker village. They're doing great work maintaining and restoring, happy to support with the reasonable price of admission
  • Great place to see. Very informative and so many antiques and so much more. It would be a great place where the solar eclipse is going to be held tomorrow. They were setting it up for the eclipse special while we were there.
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