THE AWARD-WINNING BGT DETOURS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE TOURS OF PLACES YOU MIGHT NOT NORMALLY GET TO SEE, HELPING PEOPLE INTERACT WITH AND LEARN ABOUT SITES THAT MAKE THE BLUEGRASS SPECIAL. FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (AND THE YOUNG AT HEART!), DETOURS ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST WEDNESDAY* OF THE MONTH AT 5:30 PM*, AND ARE ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (*EXCEPTION BEING HOLIDAYS, WEATHER AND OUT-OF-COUNTY LOCATIONS).
The BGT is honored to partner with our long-time friends at Shaker Village to bring the award-winning BGT deTours to Shaker Village
on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Located at 3501 Lexington Road (US 68) in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Shaker Village is approximately 45 minutes from downtown Lexington. To allow for travel time, we will begin the BGT deTour at 6 pm at the Meeting House at the Village. (See SV site map below.) As always, BGT’s deTours are free and open to all. To best accommodate all guests at this special deTour, we are asking guests to RSVP by calling the BGT at (859)253-0362 or via this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/september-detour-at-shaker-village-tickets-49496484317
Shaker Village is home to a remarkable story. The Pleasant Hill Shakers are recognized for their iconic architecture, skilled craftsmanship and profound spirituality, but the story doesn’t end there. During a 105-year span, the Pleasant Hill Shakers constructed more than 260 structures on the property. Today, there are 34 surviving buildings, most located along the mile-long gravel turnpike.
In the fall of 2017, Shaker Village started its largest preservation project since the original restoration in the 1960s. The 1820 Meeting House and the 1824 Centre Family Dwelling are undergoing a $5.1 million project to preserve, protect and interpret the Village’s spiritual center. The project is part of a multi-phase effort to revive the preservation of Shaker Village’s rich cultural landscape, while equipping historic spaces for new community-centered programs and activities.
Work on the Meeting House is now finished, and they are in the final stages of completing the Centre Family Dwelling. BGT deTourians will get a behind-the-scenes tour of these two iconic structures and experience this remarkable project in action!
We will meet at the Meeting House in the center of the Village. When you enter the Village, take a right at the 3-way stop. You will then see a parking lot on your left. Park in this lot and follow the “event check-in” signs to the Meeting House.
(See SV directional site map below.)
The Social AfterHour will be on site, with a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. If you would like to dine at Shaker Village at The Trustees Table after the BGT deTour, guests can make dining reservations by clicking
on this link: https://shakervillageky.org/the-trustees-table/
A truly cool first for BGT deTours, if you would like to make reservations and stay overnight at Shaker Village, and get a 20% discount on your overnight room rate and a complimentary breakfast for 2, you may do so by using the code: BGT20 and clicking on this link:https://shakervillageky.org/the-inn/
If you enjoy BGT's free, monthly deTours, we encourage you to become a member of the Blue Grass Trust, a nonprofit advocate for historic preservation, at the deTours rate - individuals under 35 can pay their age for their first year (regular membership starts at $50)