I haven’t shared many posts about Kentucky (I’ve lived in Kentucky my whole life) so today I thought I’d share about Shaker Village.
Shaker Village is nestled in the rolling hills of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region and is the site of a Shaker religious community that was active from 1805 to 1910.
Wayne and I live close and we often go to Shaker Village and eat dinner. Sometimes we go and walk their trails in the summer time.
We had never been to Shaker Village at Christmas and so this year I was determined to get there. I drive by all the time and at night the thousands of white lights are breath-taking. They also have fresh greenery everywhere with red bows.
I took this picture during the day.
This picture was taken at night. There are thousands of white lights.
Shakers were a religious sect. They were founded in the 18th century in England, having branched off from a Quaker community. They were known as “Shaking Quakers” because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services.
Shakers eventually died out mainly because they were celibate. Procreation was forbidden after they joined the society (except for women who were already pregnant at admission). Children were added to their communities through indenture, adoption, or conversion.
Occasionally a foundling was anonymously left on a Shaker doorstep. They welcomed all, often taking in orphans and the homeless. For children, Shaker life was structured, safe, and predictable.
When Shaker youngsters, girls and boys, reached the age of 21, they were free to leave or to remain with the Shakers. Unwilling to remain celibate, many chose to leave; today there are thousands of descendants of Shaker-raised seceders.
I’m not sure how they thought they could survive without procreating??
Anyway, we had a wonderful evening. They had a bonfire with hot chocolate. Mrs. Santa Claus lit the Christmas tree and they sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. We also did a candlelight tour of one of the buildings.
This is the entrance to the Trustee’s Office Dining Room where we ate dinner. The food is delicious!
This is a better view of the Trustee’s Office.
Another building with a bright star!
I took a picture of this if you want to read about the Shakers. There are miles of the rock fence that’s mentioned.
Wayne and I’ve decided that we’re going to stay in one of the rooms some time soon, even though we live close, we think it would be fun! If you’re ever in the area, I would highly recommend you stopping by.
Have you ever been to Shaker Village?
Beauty For the Heart~~I think you can pretty much find a scripture to prove anything you want and many times scripture is taken out of context.
But it’s hard to argue with Genesis 1:28, God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”
Marriage and procreation are tightly linked.
Have a blessed day!
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