Then onto a restored Shaker Village. The Shakers were a really interesting group. (There are 3 left in New England, aged 85 - 90+.) It died out largely because celibacy being a big part of their religious beliefs. (Go figure!) Everyone has heard of Shaker furniture - simple and functional. Lots of innovations came from the Shakers. The site is just gorgeous and still has a quiet, spiritual feel to it. Put it on your list to visit.
The Shakers were a self-contained enclave. They wore nothing, ate nothing, used nothing, lived in nothing that the community did not produce, build or make. We also spent time looking at and listening about the Meeting House. It is a large, rectangular 3 story building. The actual meeting room has no pillars or posts. It is built and held up by "inverted trusses". All handhewn and using wood pegs and wedges - no nails. Pretty amazing! In the picture to the left, please note the stone wall in back of John. We've seen this type of stone wall all around Kentucky. The top row of stones is vertical. Very pretty!