A Pit Stop in Kentucky: Shaker Village

Where: Shaker Village, Kentucky

Trip Date: 6/12-6/14/17

It is road trip time! Let me start with a couple of comments/observations/explanations.

  1. As you may know, I am on a road trip through Michigan. However, we have decided to take our time getting there, so this week’s post is our detour through rural Kentucky. Next week will pick up with adventures in Michigan.
  2. I’m doing a lot of these sketches on location, out in the world. So between being away from a solid desk, spending a lot of time on the road, and going out to explore lots of awesome stuff, I won’t have a lot of time to sit down and paint my sketches like I have been doing so far. So expect more black and white, pen and ink stuff for the next few weeks, but I will try to add a dash of color where I can.
  3. While on the road I am away from my scanner, it was a bit too large to pack. But I will get the best pictures I can with my nice camera, so bear with me.

Ok, now the interesting stuff.

On the Road

A quick bit of sketching while it was not my shift to drive. Drawing in a moving vehicle is challenging.

The road trip kicked of early Monday morning; we packed six weeks worth of luggage into the car and headed north (yes, this is going to be a long trip). After several hours of driving winding back roads and highways, we reached Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill outside of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The Shakers were a religious group that settled in the area in the early 19th century and sold their goods and crafts all along the Kentucky and Ohio rivers.

However, between their strict belief in celibacy and the economic upheaval after the civil war, they had mostly died out by the early 20th century. In the 1960s a nonprofit group purchased the remaining buildings and farmland and restored them. Now it is a popular attraction featuring tours and museum displays on the history of the area as well as carriage rides, farm tours, crafts, and period musical performances.

We stayed the night in the Farm Deacon’s Shop, a restored building that was actually the first permanent structure built on the property in 1809—the same year Abraham Lincoln was born, for some perspective.

Farm Deacon's Shop

The exterior of the Farm Deacon’s Shop (1809).

Interior and feet

The interior of the living area, and my feet.

Bedroom Interior

The interior of the bedroom, with original hardwood floors and walls.

On Tuesday I spent the day wandering around the restored village, sketching, and talking to Leonard, the resident cat.

Leonard the cat

Leonard the cat making himself comfortable.

Water House

The Water House (1833) and the Brethren’s Bath House (1860). Basically, these were once bathrooms.

Brethren's Shop

A view of the East Family Brethren’s Shop behind a tree (1845). The building was originally used as a woodworking shop.

On Wednesday we said goodbye to Boomer, the other resident cat, and hit the road again. Next stop Michigan.

Next Week:

Lighthouses, Lake Michigan, and more lighthouses. And of course some ships.

By | 2017-06-16T08:22:27+00:00 June 16th, 2017|History, Kentucky, Travel|0 Comments

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