My first overnight stay at a historic place I have visited many times. The Shakers -has they are called due to their jubilant behavior during worship services- arrived in Kentucky in 1805 to establish this village. The first Shakers or their formal name of their religious sect is the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing arrived in the New York City harbor from Liverpool, England in May of 1774. Under the leadership of Mother Ann they fled persecution and established a permanent “gathering” in Niskeyuna, New York by 1776. In May of 1781 Mother Ann led a mission with her brothers to New England. Over time the Shakers founded 21 villages from Maine to Kentucky. Three Shaker missionaries left on foot from Mount Lebanon, New York in 1805 to travel to Kentucky. By December of 1806 there were 44 persons that signed the first family covenant and approximately two years later moved their “family“ to Pleasent Hill.
They led a peaceful, hardworking life on what eventually became around 4,500 acres of land. They practised celibacy, equality of race and sex and freedom from prejudice. Still today we admire their craftsmanship, evidence of simplicity toward day to day living and beautiful landscapes vistas!
“Do all your work as through you had a thousand years to live, and as you would if you knew you must die tomorrow.” Mother Ann