The Historic Centre

Discover Your Pioneering Spirit

The Historic Centre is a jumping-off point for exploring the pioneering spirit of the Shaker community that once called this place home. The Shakers embraced a kinship with the land and with each other, committing their lives to a higher calling and forging legacies that continue to inspire us today.

Did you know that Sister Patsy Roberts, an African-American woman born into slavery, was one of the founding members who signed the covenant in 1814? Or that Shaker farmers developed seed propagation and livestock breeding technologies alongside Henry Clay? Or that Brother Micajah Burnett designed several architecturally-significant building on this property, with no formal training?

Discover your own pioneering spirit as you explore The Historic Centre in search of new skills, new perspectives and new inspirations. Then, head over to The Farm to meet the animals and out into The Preserve to explore 3,000 acres of discovery!


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Must-See Adventures in The Historic Centre

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Everyday Exploration

Discover Adventures for Everyone

Experience tours, hands-on crafts, music programs and self-directed exploration for the entire family. Investigate the Centre Family Dwelling and Meeting House to learn Shaker lessons in community, sustainability and ingenuity. Then stretch your legs along the tree-lined turnpike to discover Shaker architecture, natural playscapes and even a Shaker cemetery.

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Seasonal Exhibitions

Discover New Shaker-Inspired Exhibits All Year


Each season brings new exhibits to the Centre Family Dwelling. 2015 exhibits feature works from Bill Berryman, The Thomas Merton Center, Loyola University of Art and more. Visit the event calendar for a list of receptions, artist tours and other exhibit-related programs throughout the year.


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Studio Artists

Discover Creations in Varied Media


Walk through the East Family Brethren’s Shop and Sisters’ Shop and spend time in our local artist studios. These juried Kentucky artisans will be creating original works and offering hands-on demonstrations in our historic spaces. Ask about their love for the arts and find out how the beauty and serenity of Shaker Village inspires them on a daily basis. Then, be sure to browse the merchandise they have for sale!

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$5 After 5:00

Discover New Evening Explorations


Every Friday and Saturday evening, Shaker Village offers extended hours with reduced pricing! Search behind-the-scenes spaces, go on a night hike, meet our farmers, investigate celestial stars and much more. While you are here, stop by The Trustees’ Table for live music and happy hour on the lawn. Visit the event calendar for special programs included in $5 After 5:00.


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Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Discover New Four-Legged Friends


Meet the newest stars of our farm family—Roz and Sadie. These sister Shires, along with our Percheron beauties, pull the wagon through The Historic Centre every weekend, from April through October.


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Evening Hay Rides

Discover a Fun New Way to See Shaker Village


Jump on board the hay wagon for a fun evening ride around The Historic Centre every Friday and Saturday, from mid-July through October. Explore rarely-seen views of Shaker Village as the stars begin to twinkle.

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The Pleasant Hill Shakers

Discover Connections to the Past

Shaker Village is home to an impressive collection of Shaker architecture, furniture, artifacts and historians. It is a place of preservation and conservation, where those interested in history can learn about the past and be inspired for the future. With 34 Shaker structures, built from 1809 to 1875, the site is home to Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark and the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings.

 

 

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