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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill preserves 34 original 19th century buildings accurately restored and adapted to provide visitors a variety of rewarding experiences.

On a self-guided tour you can leisurely view 40 rooms of Shaker furnishings in the Centre Family Dwelling, sit in the Meeting House and marvel at its early cantilever construction, learn about the uses of herbs as medicinal cures in the Farm Deacons' Shop, watch broommakers, joiners, cooper, spinners, weavers and quilters, explore kitchen and herb gardens, hike across the fields or down Shaker Landing Road to the river.

You can dine in the 19th century charm of the Trustees' Office on hearty Kentucky country fare. We serve a country breakfast buffet every morning and a changing selection of mid-day lunches. Dinner offers you a choice of meats, salads, relishes, vegetables passed at the table, breads fresh from the oven and home-baked pies, cakes, tarts or a special dessert from our bakery. Reservations are recommended.

You can sleep in rooms where the Shakers lived and worked. We are America's only historic village offering all visitor services in original buildings. Throughout the village, we have over 81 guest rooms furnished with reproduction Shaker pieces and hand-woven rugs and curtains. All rooms are air-conditioned and have private baths. Reservations as far in advance as possible are advisable.

Two craft shops feature a wide assortment of handmade items; tightly-sewn brooms made by village interpreters, accurate Shaker reproductions handcrafted by a Kentucky cabinetmaker and many other exciting Kentucky-made articles.

During the spring, summer and fall, you can enjoy the cool breezes and scenic beauty of the Kentucky River on an authentic sternwheeler. High limestone cliffs that line the banks remain in a primitive state to the delight of naturalists. You ride under High Bridge, an engineering wonder when it was built in 1879.

Enjoying the village fully means walking, so wear comfortable shoes. You can spend a full day touring the village or scan it in a few hours. Nearby in our famous bluegrass region of Kentucky are many popular historic sites and illustrious horse farms. Let us be your host for several days.


Regular Season: The village is open April 1 - November 3, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Winter Season: The village is open November 4 - March 31, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm. The village is closed December 24-25.


Village Admission - April 1 to November 3:

Ages 13 and above: Village Tour $15.00
Ages 6-12 yrs: Village Tour $5.00
Children: (5 yrs and younger with paying adult): Free

Village Admission - November 4 to March 31*:

Ages 13 and above: Village Tour $7.00
Ages 6-12 yrs: Village Tour $3.00
Children: (5 yrs and younger with paying adult): Free

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides** April 1 to November 30(Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only)

Ages 13 and above: $6.00
Ages 6-12 yrs: $6.00

Dixie Belle Riverboat Rides** April 27 to November 3

Ages 13 and above: $10.00
Ages 6-12 yrs: $5.00

*Some exhibition buildings are closed during the winter months.

** Ride schedule varies and rides are subject to weather conditions.


Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is located on U.S. Route 68, 25 miles southwest of Lexington and 7 miles northeast of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. We are 24 miles from north-south I-75, 22 miles from east-west I-64, and 84 miles from north-south I-65. There are car rental agencies at airports in three major cities nearby; Lexington - 25 miles; Louisville - 80 miles; and Cincinnati, Ohio - 108 miles.

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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330
Telephone: 1-800-734-5611
Fax: 859-734-7278

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For information on activities and events
at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky
please go to our Calendar of Shaker Events