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3,000 Acres Of Shaker History and New Adventure

Art is imagination expressed through skill. Often, it conveys beauty, and most times, art is handcrafted. As the manufacturer of a true handcrafted motor coach, we thought our Monaco Coach owners might appreciate our next travel inspiration — a journey to Shaker Village Kentucky, a community long revered for its handcrafted values…

“Be diligent with your hands, for godliness does not lead to idleness.” Mother Ann Lee, the leader of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, or the Shakers

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. Home to the third largest Shaker community in the United States between 1805-1910, BBC News named this preserved gem “a top hidden U.S. travel destination.” Located near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, you’ll find that 34 original Shaker structures grace this Bluegrass Region destination with its 220-year-old legacy, making it Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark.

Shaker history aside, we chose to highlight Shaker Village for its many handcrafted qualities. Revered as craftsmen, innovators and perfectionists, who put their “hand to work” and their “hearts to God,” the Shakers were best known for their handcrafted furniture, productive farms, agricultural inventions and unique structures. Today, you can visit Shaker Village and experience this 3,000-acre natural preserve and its many one-of-a-kind experiences.

You can treat the journey as a working farm vacation, where you can plan your own backyard garden and then enjoy a farm-to-fork experience at The Trustees’ Table, a Shaker restaurant. You can paddle the Kentucky River Palisades, putting adventure in your own hands, or you can enjoy “art in the making” during Shaker Village’s annual Chamber Music Festival or Kentucky Craft Fair. And don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate Shaker history found in the preserved buildings, Shaker furniture, and handcrafted wares.

 

SHAKER HISTORY FACTS

  1. In November 1860, the Shakers discovered a large mammoth skeleton, and over time, they unearthed more fossils along the Kentucky River Palisades and in their own fields. The Shakers documented many of their findings in journals.
  2. The Shakers were inventive people. The flat broom, the spring clothespin, the circular saw blade and the paper seed envelope are said to be among a long list of Shaker inventions.
  3. Discover the art of horseback riding at the Shaker Village in Kentucky. The Preserve’s trail system includes 33 miles of riding trails. Please note, Shaker Village does not provide horses.
  4. If Kentucky is out of the way, consider touring “Shaker Country,” a stretch of eight different Shaker communities that can be found in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and finally Maine.
  5. At the height of the Shaker movement in the mid-19th century, there were an estimated 5,000 Shakers in the U.S. Today, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine is the only active Shaker community. The public is invited to attend its Sunday church services.





WHERE TO STAY

Start your journey by first staying (and parking) your Monaco Coach at Mountain Falls Luxury Motor Coach Resort in the Lake Toxaway region of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Though this resort is five hours away from Shaker Village in Kentucky, it’s truly a luxury resort that doubles as the perfect home away from home. Mountain Falls features an on-site concierge, a private clubhouse lodge, an executive nine-hole, par-3 golf course and more. When you’re ready to venture to the simplicity of Shaker Village, consider booking at The Inn at Shaker Village, featuring more than 70 guest rooms, nostalgic suites and private cottages, all spread throughout 13 historic buildings.