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Address: 850 Shaker Museum Rd, South Union, KY 42206-9768
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Wondering who the Shakers were so I finally stopped and found out

I had driven on I 65 near Bowling Green, KY so many times and saw a brown sign advertising the Shaker Village of South Union. The Shakers migrated from the North and believed in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2016
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I had driven on I 65 near Bowling Green, KY so many times and saw a brown sign advertising the Shaker Village of South Union. The Shakers migrated from the North and believed in a simple lifestyle and were dedicated to religion and gardening. Finally, called to see when they were open and the employee was so helpful. You will... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I followed the signs of I-65 near exit 2 to the Shaker Museum out of curiosity since I have always been interested in the Shaker movement. I was expecting a small house/museum and found a village with the 23,000 sq. ft. Center House as the star attraction. It is four floors tall with most of the rooms furnished with period... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

but well worth a stop if anywhere near the area. Many of the original buildings are still standing and open for the tour. The Shakers are (yes there are a few left) a unique and interesting group and this is an excellent example of how they lived, worked, & worshipped. Unfortunately too many of the buildings have been lost due... More 

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Whitehouse, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This location is worth serious consideration for a visit. It is the actual location of a Shaker Village with much of the original furnishing and several original buildings. This is mostly a walking, self-guided tour. The information is posted with enough detail to give you a good idea of what living in this village was like as well as insight... More 

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Three Rivers, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

After a wonderful drive from Franklin Kentucky, though the rolling hills and farm lands, we arrived at the South Union Shaker Site. The Shakers' history in Kentucky lives here at this site. "Tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free, tis a gift to come down where you ought to be, and when you find yourself... More 

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Reading, Mi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were greeted in the visitor center by Cheryl, a very knowledgable guide. We viewed the short video giving some background about the museum and then proceeded to walk to various buildings in the complex. In the Centre house we found Bonnie in the gift shop and had a good visit with her. She was very informative about the village.... More 

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Yorkville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

If your knowledge of The Shakers is limited to their beautiful hand crafted furniture, then this tour is a must. This group of people is all but forgotten. (There are only 3 living Shakers in America.) A peaceful religious communal people, progressive in their thoughts about the equality of all people (race & gender). A self-guided tour showcasing their history... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The story of the Shakers is fascinating and everything you need to know about them can be found here. Unfortunately the heat was sweltering so walking around the site was uncomfortable. However, there is air conditioning in the 2 most important structures. In the HUGE community house there is a gift shop and everyone we met there was extremely friendly.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Traveling up to Bowling Green, I'd seen the signs for this quite a bit. I just wasn't sure how interesting it would be, since it was out in the middle of nowhere. Well, we were driving around one day and decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised. There were over 100 buildings in its hay day, but I... More 

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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

We had an outstanding time during this visit. A lot of history and a beautiful collection of Shaker items.

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