I love history, and for history lovers this is a well worth four hours of your time. The Shakers came to Kentucky in the early 1800's, and while their religious views are a stretch for me, the history they lived is an insight into early Kentucky and early America west of the crest of the Appalachian mountains. They were inventive, and they mastered an agricultural way of life in their area of the Ohio River valley. To see what they accomplished with what we would now consider primitive tools, is remarkable. 34 buildings still stand compliments of their building integrity. The ride in a horse drawn wagon, and the music in the fellowship hall are must do and see. I was left with the impression that this was not a cult but an alternative way of life. The Shakers were accepting of all regardless of gender, race, or religious way of life, and something we aspire to in our current culture. Technologically and culturally, they were way ahead of their time. This is an insight into to how any diverse group of people can live together as one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shaker Village has been a warm beacon of hospitality for more than 200 years. Named as a top hidden travel destination by BBC News, The Inn is much more than a traditional hotel. Guest rooms, suites and private cottages-each offering distinct character-are located in 13 restored Shaker buildings. Rooms are comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views. This complete Kentucky destination allows you to be as active or as restful as your heart desires. Dine on seasonal seed-to-table menus at The Trustees' Table and take home treasures from The Shops, then explore Shaker Village's 3,000 acres of discovery. Shaker Village is within short driving distances from Kentucky's legendary bourbon distilleries, horse farms and historic sites. Whether you're planning a family vacation, weekend getaway, business meeting, destination wedding or other special occasion, The Inn provides the perfect stage for your most memorable occasions. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shaker Village Of Pleasant Hill Hotel Harrodsburg