The simple architecture of Shaker Village

As the last of the Shakers left their central-Kentucky village — or died — in the early 1900s, their village fell into private hands and became known as Shakertown. Some buildings were given new uses, others were left to rot.

The same kind of determination and hard work the Shakers put into building their village went into restoring it. Some buildings were beyond saving, and some were already gone, but those that remain are a living look back into this religious sect and its way of life. Read a little bit about their history here.

Stone house
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

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6 responses to “The simple architecture of Shaker Village”

  1. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    The third photo, with the shadows of the tree branches on the house, is particularly nice Jim. I think it would also work well with a crop, maybe 4×5, so that the house is framed with the two tree trunks right at the edge of each side of the frame.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It might at that!

  2. Dan James Avatar

    The “shaker style” is often quoted over here when describing simple yet elegant kitchens, furniture and so on. It’s a very appealing, no frills, functional approach, you can see why it’s popular, regardless of the religious group who first pioneered it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a simple form of beauty to be sure, and so functional.

  3. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Such nice pictures – I can’t even pick a favorite! I just love those older houses.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The whole place is charming in this way. Worth a visit.

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