Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is the largest historic community of its kind in America. Visitors to this National Historic Landmark enjoy a wide variety of activities, including self-guided tours, riverboat excursions and special events. The Village is a short drive from Beaumont Inn bed and breakfast and the town of Harrodsburg.
A non-profit, educational corporation operates Shaker Village. The preservation and interpretation of 34 original 19th-century buildings and 2,800 acres of farmland is made possible by income generated from visitor services and generous private contributions.
Located seven miles east of Beaumont Inn on US-68, Shaker Village is open to the public every day of the year except December 24-25.
Shaker Village is a premier living history museum where costumed interpreters chronicle Shaker life. The self-guided walking tour includes 14 restored buildings. The Centre Family Dwelling houses an extensive collection of original Shaker furniture and household items from the nineteenth century. Within the restored community, skilled artisans work at 19th-century trades and historic farming brings the past to life. The Shaker Life Exhibit in the East Family Dwelling has changing exhibits, a video viewing area, and hands-on room.
Daily demonstrations include broom making, spinning, weaving, coopering, domestic work, woodworking, farm work and gardening.
Shaker music is performed by a solo music interpreter four times daily from April through October in the 1820 Meeting House at Pleasant Hill. A number of special music events are also scheduled throughout the year (see calendar of events). Performing at several of these event are the Pleasant Hill Singers, a group of dedicated and talented volunteers. The Shakers wrote more than 20,000 hymns, including the popular Simple Gifts.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill offers public riverboat excursions along the scenic Kentucky River Palisades aboard its authentic sternwheeler Dixie Belle. The 149-passenger riverboat operates from nearby Shaker Landing. River excursions, every day from late-April through October, take passengers along a stretch of river with high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty. During these one-hour trips, the Dixie Belle passes under High Bridge, an engineering marvel built in 1877.