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The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330, USA

The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a restored indoor and outdoor living history museum that interprets the lives of the Shakers. This unique American religious community is located on a turnpike that was a strategic conduit for Union and Confederate soldiers throughout the Civil War, but especially during the 1862 Kentucky campaign. The Shakers were Unionists and emancipationists, but their dedication to pacifism prevented their participation in the conflict. The Shakers extended generous hospitality to both armies as they marched through the village. The only non-Shaker buried in the cemetery is a Confederate soldier who died there shortly after the nearby Battle of Perryville, on October 8, 1862. Also, the Shaker Landing on the Kentucky River was critical to the Union effort throughout the war.


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From I-64/75 near Lexington, access New Circle Road (Kentucky 4) from exit 115 (Newtown Pike), exit 113 (Paris Pike/North Broadway), or exit 110 (Winchester Road) and go east or south to U.S. 68. Travel south on U.S. 68, a Kentucky Scenic Byway, for 21 miles to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

Visitor Services

Lodging, public rest rooms, partially handicapped accessible, food, gift shop, riverboat excursions, conference facilities, museum, tours; trails.

Regular Events

Even numbered years, Civil War living history weekend.

Available Interpretation

Living historians, signs, trails, guided tours, self-guided tours, video, special events

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Admission Fee

Adults $14.00, children six-eleven $5.00, twelve-seventeen $7.00; call for reduced winter rates.


April-October, Daily: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; November-March, Daily: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.



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