|Trustees' Office, 1839|
After checking in at the Trustees' Office, which also houses the restaurant and a gift shop, we drove around the village and quickly found our accommodation in the Old Stone Shop. We had a simple but comfortable room on the second floor, which included some Shaker-style furniture.
|Old Stone Shop, 1811|
The Shakers occupied the village from 1805 until its dissolution in the 1920s, after which is gradually became derelict. In its heyday it boasted 500 residents and was a very prosperous and quite advanced community. The Shakers were industrious and innovative people and they built solidly. Unfortunately, the communal lifestyle did not appeal to many people and after the Civil War converts were few and as the Shakers practiced celibacy their numbers declined. \\\
|East Family Wash House, 1827|
The village has an interesting history and is a very charming reminder of a movement that once flourished. The Shakers were one group practicing communalism in the United States but are probably the best known. First established near Albany, New York, Pleasant Hill was a Southern outpost which became noted for its hospitality and economic success.
|Center Family Dwelling, 1824-1834, with separate entrances for men and women, who lived apart|
After an excellent dinner in nearby Harrodsburg at an old inn that had once been a girls' school, we returned in the evening to an absolutely still place, with candles (well, electric ones now) lighting the street, and you could believe it was still the 19th Century. But tomorrow would bring the 21st as we would turn our car towards Bowling Green and the Corvette Heartland.