We visited Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, located near Hammondsburg, Kentucky, on June 8th (Monday). Shaker Village was approximately 40 miles from our hotel, according to the route that we mapped out at Google maps. From Richmond we traveled along the scenic Tates Creek Road (Rt. 169) until it stopped at the Kentucky River at a little place called Valley View. Tates Creek meanders alongside Tates Creek Road. At times the trees on either side of the road create a tunnel-like appearance as you travel on Tate Creek Road.
To get across the river we drove our car aboard a ferry that holds three cars. The Valley View Ferry was established in 1792. It is the oldest operating ferry in Kentucky. It’s free of charge to use.
It took us approximately 1 1/2 hours to reach Shaker Village.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is America’s largest restored Shaker community, with 34 carefully restored buildings and 3,000 acres of preserved farmland. The village is also home to more than 25 miles of striking rock fences, the most extensive collection remaining in Kentucky today. “The Shakers played an important role in American religious history, developing the longest lasting communal society. Their legacy is found not only in the furniture and buildings that remain at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, but also in their ideals of equality, peace and love. This legacy is manifested in the tranquility of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and in the beauty of the landscape and architecture. The highlights of our visit included a guided tour of the 40-room Centre Family Dwelling, a 20-minute solo Shaker music performance in the Meeting House, lunch at the Trustees’ Office Dining Room, the goats and turkeys at the village farm and watching skilled craftspeople demonstrate trade techniques commonly used by the Shakers, including broom making, woodworking, spinning and weaving. It was an enlightening visit.