The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, also known as "Shakers" for their odd movements during worship, had two colonies in Kentucky-this one and a smaller group at South Union. Simplicity, fine craftsmanship and celibacy were hallmarks of their way of life. On 4,500 acres high above the Kentucky River, the Pleasant Hill community flourished from 1805 until 1910. In its heyday, 500 members farmed and sold the products of their cottage industries (brooms, wooden boxes, garden seeds) as far afield as New Orleans. Today costumed interpreters demonstrate typical Shaker activities in 14 of the 33 restored buildings that are open to visitors. Don't miss the daily performance of Shaker songs and dances.
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