In 1805, a group of Shakers began a community just outside of Harrodsburg, KY, called Pleasant Hill, which lasted until 1910. In the 1960’s, members of the surrounding community got together to start restoring the place, who’s ownership had changed several times. It took several years, but when they brought in the former curator of Colonial Williamsburg, they soon had things underway.
Today, there are several building restored and more being worked on. You start off in the Trustee’s Building, where you purchase your admission, perhaps buy something in their gift shop or even dine in at the Trustee’s Table, a restaurant which serves farm to table fare.
Which is exactly what we did. They start you off with some selections from the garden, in a nod towards an amuse bouche. One of the offerings is their take on a Kentucky Hot Brown. Mom opted for that, enjoying the fried green tomatoes and chicken. Due to my food allergies, I stuck with a classic and was more than happy with my cheeseburger with lettuce and tomatoes grown right on site.
We enjoyed our lunch very much and it was reasonably priced. Plus, the view inside the restaurant of the restored meeting house was a delight.
Once we were done, we opted to do a self guided tour (or wandering), though there are several tour options available throughout the day. You could even ride on the back of a horse drawn wagon.
There were several guides available to talk to if we had any questions, though one seemed more content to just hang out on a bench in the shade.
Can’t really say I blame him, but there was still more for us to see, so we continued on.
A stone wall surrounds the 34 acres of the property, though its low enough to be able to appreciate the beautiful scenery of central Kentucky.
Above is one of the former residences that is now used to house overnight guests. There’s even a little post office/gift shop and a building for visiting artists to have demonstrations and sell some of their wares.
The tree lined gravel path is dotted on each side with restored buildings and some that are in the process of being restored. It was very picturesque.
Because the Shakers were close with nature, the curators of Shakertown also keep with using all natural means of keeping the grass trimmed. Meet Marshmellow, the lawn mower.
All in all, a beautiful spot with a nice, easy flow to it. But the buildings and grasslands aren’t the only draw. They also have an option for a paddle driven ride down the Kentucky River, but that’s for another day.