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Pleasant Hill - A Shaker Village - Kentucky

"Pleasant Hill" was one of the Shaker community's largest villages. By the 1850s there were over 600 members and 250 buildings on almost 2800 acres. To find out more about Shaker religious beliefs, go to: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/shaker/shakers.htm

Official Website for "Pleasant Hill" http://www.shakervillageky.org/
Photos taken on July 10, 2006
Ms Raff's History Classroom - http://home.roadrunner.com/~raff/
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Notice the double stairwell in the building housing the kitchen. I believe one was for men and the other for women.
Notice the double stairwell in the building housing the kitchen. I believe one was for men and the other for women.
Quilting was a group activity.
Quilting was a group activity.
We took a tour of the kitchen.
We took a tour of the kitchen.
Kitchen utensils hanging above the open hearth used for cooking.
Kitchen utensils hanging above the open hearth used for cooking.
This is an early version of a food processor.
This is an early version of a food processor.
An area where the ill were nursed back to health...note: crutches and toilet.
An area where the ill were nursed back to health...note: crutches and toilet.
Notice the cradles in this room.
Notice the cradles in this room.
Homes were lit by candles in holders on the walls.  They could be removed & carried, if necessary.
Homes were lit by candles in holders on the walls. They could be removed & carried, if necessary.
A presentation of Shaker music in the village meetinghouse.
A presentation of Shaker music in the village meetinghouse.
Notice the variety of spinning wheels, as a re-enactor spins thread.
Notice the variety of spinning wheels, as a re-enactor spins thread.
This early Sumner sewing machine was made in St. Louis, Missouri.
This early Sumner sewing machine was made in St. Louis, Missouri.
These looms were used for weaving cloth.
These looms were used for weaving cloth.
Brooms were sold to the outside world.
Brooms were sold to the "outside" world.
See broom handles and note the Shaker way of storing chairs not being used.
See broom handles and note the Shaker way of storing chairs not being used.
This is a workshop where Shaker boxes and other items are made.  Notice the hand tools.
This is a workshop where Shaker boxes and other items are made. Notice the hand tools.
Typical Shaker boxes are stacked on the front table.  Notice the way they are put together.
Typical Shaker boxes are stacked on the front table. Notice the way they are put together.
Candlemaking...
Candlemaking...
Shaker version of a washing machine...
Shaker version of a washing machine...
from another view...
from another view...
Lots of ironing went on in this portion of the building.
Lots of ironing went on in this portion of the building.
A close-up of the work bench.
A close-up of the work bench.
It looks like shoes were made in this shop.
It looks like shoes were made in this shop.
Notice 2 entrances - one for men and one for women - Shaker buildings tend to be symmetric.
Notice 2 entrances - one for men and one for women - Shaker buildings tend to be symmetric.
A shaker outhouse...
A shaker outhouse...
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