On Thursday, June 14, in keeping with its annual tradition, members of the Indian Old Fields Homemakers journeyed to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, a national historical landmark in Mercer County, 25 miles southeast of Lexington.
It is located on scenic rolling farmland of the Kentucky River palisades. Rehabilitation during the last 50 years has restored this 19th century religious sect's community to its original simplicity and natural beauty.
The cuisine and sale of authentic reproduction of furniture, and arts and crafts enable this historic museum in the setting of 39 buildings situated on 2,800 acres of farmland to be sustained by its tourist attractions, private donations and contributions. The lifestyle of solitude and denial is preserved and displayed in this quiet community established in the early 1800s.
Following a tour of the grounds and buildings, purchases in the gift shop and craft house, the group had lunch in the Trustees' House that included vegetables raised on the farm and Shaker lemon pie.