Shaker Village to launch restoring the Spiritual Center project

Published 8:20 am Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ceremonial project launch open to the public on June 3


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HARRODSBURGShaker Village of Pleasant Hill invites members of the public to join president and CEO Maynard Crossland, representatives from John Milner Architects and village staff for a ceremonial project launch of the Restoring the Spiritual Center project on Saturday, June 3.

The largest preservation project at Shaker Village since the initial site restoration in the 1960s, Restoring the Spiritual Center will preserve, protect and interpret the site’s two most iconic buildings—the 1820 Meeting House and the 1824 Centre Family Dwelling. The $5.1 million rehabilitation project is part of a multi-phase effort to revive the preservation of Shaker Village’s rich cultural landscape, while equipping historic spaces for new community-centered programs and activities.

The ceremonial project launch is planned for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 on the front steps of the Centre Family Dwelling. From noon until 2 p.m., representatives from John Milner Architects will join Shaker Village history experts to host four distinct, 30-minute tours that talk about preservation in a global way and will use features from the building to address specific planned improvements.  

 Two performances of solo Shaker Music will take place in the 1820 Meeting House at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guests are invited to help “close the Meeting House and Centre Family Dwelling” at 7 p.m. that evening. Other daily tours, talks and activities will continue as planned.

The event is free and open to the public.


Recently named a member of Discovery Destinations by Discovery Communications and a top hidden travel destination by BBC News, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. With 34 original Shaker structures, the site is home to the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings and is the largest National Historic Landmark in Kentucky. Demonstrating a commitment to community, sustainability and ingenuity, Shaker Village embraces three pillars rooted in time-honored Shaker legacies, including balanced preservation and conservation; engaged learning and exploration; and warm, spirited hospitality. Onsite services at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill include overnight accommodations, dining, beverage and catering services, three craft shops, exhibitions in historic buildings, a farm and garden area, the Dixie Belle Riverboat and 1,200 acres of restored native prairie. For more information, please visit