Kentucky: April 2002

Kevin and Sharyn traveled to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  Although beautiful, Kevin didn't like the authentic food (e.g., pickled vegetables), and there was not much to do in the area.  When we checked in, even the staff were surprised at how many nights we were staying!  

We departed earlier than expected (no cancellation fee) and went to Lexington, Kentucky.  I think we stayed at an Embassy Suites hotel.  

We probably stayed 2-3 nights in Harrodsburg and 1-2 nights in Lexington.  The drive from Richmond was 7-8 hours.  Sharyn wasn't allowed to plan any vacations for quite a while after this experience.


The largest historic community of its kind in America, this National Historic Landmark highlights the preservation and interpretation of more than 30 original 19th century buildings and 2,500 acres of farmland.

The Pleasant Hill Shakers are recognized for their iconic architecture, skilled craftsmanship, and profound spirituality, but the story doesn't end there. During a 105-year span, the Pleasant Hill Shakers constructed more than 260 structures on the property. Today, there are 34 surviving buildings.

Farm animals

The top photo is a mule (I think).  I displayed this image in our home for a while, I liked it so much.  

Note the lamb asleep in the sunlight and Kevin conversing with the mule.

The sheep at feeding time, with barns in the background, is another favorite image.

Strolling around the village

The photo of Kevin against the stone wall is along the 1837 Turnpike Road Trail.

Bike ride

We took our relatively new Trek bikes on this trip.  Unfortunately, many of the paths we rode along had manure on them.  The bike tires were a mess, and we had to travel back home with the bikes inside of our Passat wagon (no bike rack).  Fortunately, we were able to borrow a hose at the village and rinse off the tires before loading the bikes back into the car.  

The cattle didn't like us riding by their pasture, so two of these photos show them on the move...away from us!

Village buildings

I believe the white building is the Centre Family Dwelling; I don't think we went inside.  We stayed in the red brick building, where Shary is seated on the front steps:  The Trustees' Office, room 306.  

It wasn't easy climbing over the rock walls; those rocks on top were jagged!

Twin spiral staircase, Trustees' Office (1839)

This amazing three-story twin spiral staircase was designed by the ingenious Pleasant Hill architect, Micajah Burnett. The integrated suspension design is attached only at the landing stages and top and ground floors. Beautiful native cherry wood and curved railings gracefully complete this intricate structure.

Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Park opened in 1978 as the world's only park dedicated to man's relationship with the horse, opened to the public.

Shary is outside at the Man O' War bronze sculpture and memorial at the horse's gravesite. Man O' War was foaled in 1917 and was unquestionably the most famous Thoroughbred who ever lived. His name was reflective of him being a war baby. "Big Red" won 20 of 21 races.

There are two photos of a horse and foal in a pasture, then a single photo of a foal inside a barn stall.  Shary & Kevin are greeting horses in the Carriage Horse Barn.

In 1777, Patrick Henry, then Governor of Virginia, granted 9,000 acres of land in the Kentucky Territory to his brother-in-law, William Christian, as a reward for his service in the French and Indian War. A wealthy Virginian, Colonel Christian moved his family to Kentucky in 1785 and established a farm on Beargrass Creek near Louisville. Christian was killed by Indians in 1786, and his daughter, Elizabeth Dickerson, inherited the Elkhorn Creek tract, 3,000 acres of land now in both Scott and Fayette Counties. Part of this land became the Kentucky Horse Park.

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