Step Into Another World at the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village

August 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Pleasant Hill Shaker VillagePleasant Hill Shaker Village is the largest restored Shaker community in the United States – and it’s right here in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region!

The Shaker religion – officially the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing – was founded in 18th century England as a branch of the Quaker community. They came to be called “Shaking Quakers” due to the physical expression of their religious ecstasy during worship and the name “Shakers” eventually stuck. Having mostly faded away as a society, due in part to their belief in celibacy, Shakers are known primarily in the US for their simple living aesthetic, particularly as it is expressed in their architecture and furniture.

Though Shakers were established early on in the US, with large, thriving communities along the east coast in the late 1700′s, Kentucky’s Pleasant Hill Shaker Village didn’t appear until 1805. At its peak in the 1850′s, Pleasant Hill Shaker Village was one of the largest Shaker communities in the US, with approximately 600 residents and 250 buildings on almost 2800 acres.

Pleasant Hill Shaker Village is unlike many other Shaker communities in the US because its architecture was strongly influenced by one individual: Micajah Burnett, who helped to lay out the community, starting in 1815 at the age of 23. His style was a mix of that prescribed by the Shaker ministry in Mount Lebanon and the popular Federal style. Burnett’s approach focused on creating buildings with great open spaces and the effect was both breathtaking and efficient.

The Civil War took a heavy toll on Kentucky Shakers and their membership began to decline – by 1875 there were fewer than 250 Shakers in residence at Pleasant Hill and, by 1910, the community was dissolved. It would be another fifty years before a growing interest in the long-since repurposed or neglected Pleasant Hill Shaker Village would result in its preservation.

Pleasant Hill Shaker Village contains 34 of the original 250 Shaker buildings. Visit and see more than a dozen of these beautifully restored buildings along with craft demonstrations, history exhibitions, hands-on programs, livestock, organic gardens, 40 miles of hiking trails, and even cruises aboard the Dixie Belle paddle wheeler on the Kentucky River!

Pleasant Hill Shaker Village

3501 Lexington Rd
Harrodsburg, KY 40383

Open daily from 10am to 5pm
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The Bluegrass Region of Kentucky is loaded with great things to do and see like Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, bourbon distilleries like Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Buffalo Trace, thoroughbred racehorse farms, Lexington’s historic sites, and much more – making it the perfect destination for your Kentucky vacation – and so is a stay at one of our a member Kentucky bed and breakfast inns! You wont find world class amenities, lush accommodations, and delicious breakfasts like these at any of the area hotels and motels, so why settle for less? Let us treat you to some real Southern hospitality.

Finger-Lickin’ Good – The Harland Sanders Museum and Café

July 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Harland Sanders Museum and CafeColonel Sanders and his secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken are an iconic part of America – and so is a visit to the place where it all began: The Harland Sanders Museum and Café in Corbin, Kentucky.

It’s such an integral part of America that most of us have the delicious aroma of a bucket of Colonel Sanders’ original recipe, Kentucky Fried Chicken somewhere in our memories, if not sitting on the kitchen table right now, waiting for us to get off the internet and dig in – but wait … the popular restaurant and American tradition had to start somewhere. Was Colonel Sanders a real person?

You bet he was, and he got his start in Corbin, Kentucky.

Harland “Colonel” Sanders started his career as an accidental restaurateur in the early 1930′s via operating a gas and service station in Corbin.

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Covington Kentucky’s MainStrasse Village

July 21st, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

MainStrasse Village in Covington, KentuckyHankering for a little old-world charm? Visit Covington, Kentucky’s MainStrasse Village and you’ll find yourself whisked back in time to a charming, 19th century, German/American village.

Between 1840 and 1845, Covington’s west side was the scene of a dramatic population boom when an estimated influx of over 200 German and Irish immigrants a day began to arrive, doubling Covington’s population in just five, short years. This influence, primarily the German one, led to the heritage of what is known as MainStrasse Village today.

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Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum

January 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Derby MuseumThe Kentucky Derby Museum is not your fusty old dad’s museum, let me tell you.

Located just outside the legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville, the two-story museum’s first-floor underwent some serious renovations after the damage caused by the flood in 2009 – and we are the winners.

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Dinosaur World Kentucky!

January 9th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Dinosaur World KentuckyIf you’re cruising along in Cave City, Kentucky and suddenly see the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex peeping down at you through the vegetation, don’t scream but do pull over – you’re at Dinosaur World Kentucky!

Dinosaur World is the name of three outdoor museums, one in Plant City, Florida, one in Glen Rose, Texas, and the third right here in Cave City, Kentucky, where you can get up close and personal with life size replicas of the amazing, gigantic creatures that once walked the Earth.

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The Creation Museum’s Christmas Town

December 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The Creation Museum's Christmas TownThe Creation Museum’s Christmas Town offers a unique, in-depth look at the biggest holiday of the year – Christmas!

A free attraction, the popularity of the Creation Museum’s Christmas Town has grown tremendously since opening in 2008. 25,000 visitors toured the exhibit in 2011 alone!

Witness reenactments of Joseph and Mary caring for the newborn baby Jesus in a first century house Nativity scene; listen as Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, describe her experience of hearing about two famous birth announcements; hear as a temple guard relate his transformation from darkness to belief during a murderous mission to Bethlehem; encounter one of the magi and hear of his life-changing journey to visit the Child King.

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Lights Under Louisville

December 11th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

MEGA Cavern Lights Under LouisvilleDeep beneath Louisville a light is shining …er, make that 2,000,000 lights: it’s Lights Under Louisville!

Lights Under Louisville is the world’s only fully underground, drive-through, Christmas light show and it’s held in Louisville’s MEGA Cavern.

Louisville’s MEGA Cavern is a man-made attraction; it started out in the 1930′s as “Louisville Crushed Stone,” a limestone quarry that yielded over 42 years worth of rock for the state’s construction projects. During the 1960′s, Louisville’s MEGA Cavern was seen as a potential bomb shelter, able to withstand not just nuclear attacks but jet-liner crashes, tornadoes, and other end-of-world scenarios. Instead, in 1989 it was purchased by a group of investors who saw other potential uses and the massive, limestone quarry’s 4,000,000 square feet of space was slowly repurposed into an environmentally-conscious, high security commercial storage facility and much, much more.

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Paducah, Kentucky Designated a UNESCO Creative City

December 6th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

UNESCO logoUNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated Paducah, Kentucky, the world’s 7th city of Crafts and Folk Art. This means that Paducah is now a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network!

Paducah, well known for its artistic population of quilters, painters, potters, culinary artists, print and jewelry makers, is now one of only three cities in the United States to have earned the Creative City designation and is one of only 41 cities world-wide with the designation.

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Edgar Cayce’s Hometown – Hopkinsville, KY

November 30th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Edgar Cayce was born and spent his formative years in Hopkinsville, KY

Edgar Cayce was born and spent his formative years in Hopkinsville, KY

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) the “sleeping prophet” and “father of holistic medicine” may be the one of the best known psychics of the 20th century – and sons of Kentucky.

Managing to bridge the gap between eastern mysticism and western Christianity, Cayce gave psychic readings for more than 40 years but credited his powers to a strong Christian faith and dedicating his life to spirituality.

Cayce was born on a farm in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and it was here, as a child, that he first began to become aware of his psychic abilities. Claiming to not only see spirits but also to converse with them, he displayed the uncanny ability to memorize books by simply sleeping on them. What I wouldn’t have done for that ability during my school years …

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Mind the Gap – The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

November 25th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Almost 300,000 pioneers passed through the Cumberland Gap between 1760 and 1850

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park gets its name from the Cumberland Gap, the gateway to the West: a wide, low point in the Appalachian Mountains right around where the Kentucky border meets those of Tennessee and Virginia – and it’s a pretty incredible section of the country.

This Cumberland Gap has long been a migration point for larger animals hoping to go north or south through the mountains – and by larger animals I mean things like deer, bison, and people like you and I.

Native American tribes used the gap for both trade and war on each other. Settlers used it to move west – between 1760 and 1850, historians estimate that almost 300,000 American settlers passed through the Cumberland Gap.

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