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Shaker Museum at South Union

850 Shaker Museum Road, Auburn, KY 42206, USA

The South Union Shaker community was located near a railroad depot traveled by both Union and Confederate forces and a popular location for sabotage, depending on who controlled it. Scores of Civil War encampments were established within this pacifist village. Fences were burned for firewood and buildings were damaged. It is documented that over 50,000 meals were prepared and served at South Union and there was $100,000 in losses (such as livestock, food, crops, equipment and textiles). The South Union Shaker community never recovered from this depletion of their resources. Today, visitors to the Shaker Museum at South Union can view over 40 exhibits, the largest collection of Southern Shaker furniture in the world, and catch a glimpse of the rich heritage and ingenuity of the people called "Shakers." Overnight accommodations are available at the 1869 Shaker Tavern Bed and Breakfast located at the historic site of the South Union depot.


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I-65 headed south: Take exit 20 at Bowling Green to Natcher Parkway. Take exit 5 to Highway 68 and turn left (west). Continue on Highway 68 for 10 miles and turn left onto County Road 1466 for 1/2 mile. The Museum will be on your right. I-65 headed north: Take exit 2 at Franklin KY to US-31W headed north for 5 miles. Turn left onto KY-73/S. Morgantown Road and continue north-west for 12 miles. Turn right (east) onto Highway 68 and continue for 1/2 mile. Turn right onto County Road 1466 for 1/2 mile. The Museum will be on your right.

Visitor Services

Rest rooms, Gift shop, Ground floor is handicapped accessible, Overnight accomodations available at 1869 Shaker Tavern Bed & Breakfast. Group tours welcome - reservations required. Group meals available with prior reservation.

Regular Events

South Union Seminar - third weekend in April; Shaker Farm Day - second Saturday in October; A Shaker Breakfast - first two Saturdays in November; Christmas at Shakertown, Fine Antique & Craft Market - first Saturday in December.

Available Interpretation

A visit to the Shaker Museum at South Union includes an orientation by a museum docent, a visit to four buildings, and over 40 exhibits.

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Adults $8.00, children (6-12) $4.00, children (5 and younger) free


Regular Season: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm Sundays 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Winter Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm



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