A Kentucky treasure: Shaker Village has something for everyone

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MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Shaker Village sits 30-miles from Lexington on US 68. The village is a historical, 3,000-acre property in Mercer County, and was once home to the third largest Shaker community in the United States.

Ben Leffew is the Preserve Manager for Shaker Village.

"While it's not exactly what it would have looked like 200 years ago before European settlement, it's pretty close."

He says families can not only get lost in the property's history but also the beautiful scenery.

"We have a 37-mile trail system that's multi-use - hiking, biking, horseback riding. You do have to bring your own horse."

Farm manager Dylan Kennedy grows more than 8,000-pounds of produce a year on just half an acre of land.
All that produce ends up in Shaker Village's kitchen. Kennedy runs daily, hands-on programs in the farm.

"I've got the garden and the farm, lots of baby animals. Things you can pet, feed," Kennedy said. "You may help to pick a plant, do some tastings, or even go around and pet animals. Meet some of the baby animals."

This summer, Shaker Village is offering a camp for kids if parents want a day away. Jacob Glover is the camp director.

"It's very hands-on experiential learning," Glover said of the camp. "We'll be visiting the farm, taking care of the horses and cows. We're going to meet some sheep and goats and chickens."

After a busy day at the village, there is space to get a good night's rest.

"We have 72 different hotel rooms that are sprinkled throughout 13 buildings in our village," Glover said.

Shaker Village has something for everyone.

"It's equally suitable for the kids as well as the adults. It's a really great place to come. Very relaxing obviously, beautiful. Everybody can enjoy it."

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