My husband and I recently took a trip to Kentucky. It's a beautiful state, filled with rolling hills, trees, and horses. One of the most interesting places we visited was the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. We discovered a beautiful historic village nestled in the hills outside of Lexington.
|Shaker Building--note the straight front, big windows, multiple chimneys|
|This huge building had four stories. Two massive stair cases--one for men & one for women.|
Mother Ann died at age 48 in 1784. Her followers took over and, in 1787, established the New Lebanon Shaker Village, southeast of Albany. It became the mother colony and the residence of the governing mother or father, the final authority and the maker and dispenser of laws.
|Hand-woven towels displayed on wooden racks|
|Shaker buildings have pegs on most walls on which they hang their tools,|
clothing, lighting, and even furniture they want to get off the floors.
|A beautiful free-standing staircase.|
|Note that this building has two sets of doors so that men and women have their own entrances.|
|There were pretty gardens all over the property|
SABOTAGE AT ANGELFIRE RANCH
Jackson Durant would go to any lengths to protect his young daughter and his ranch. He knows the puzzling incidents on his homestead are no accidents. Someone is after him…but who? And why? Reporter Mariah Reyes is determined to find out. She never expected her pursuit of a story on the once high profile pro-football-quarterback-turned-reclusive-rancher would endanger her life—nor that she’d fall for the cowboy. But when Jackson’s daughter is kidnapped, she’ll do anything to help save the little girl—even if it means becoming a target herself.
Rancher Under Fire, released Sept. 2nd
Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West during the 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of over thirty published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013.
Vickie has been married thirty-eight years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious eight-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
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Hi Vickie! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Rancher Under Fire - it sounds very good!ReplyDelete
I don't think I would like living in the Shaker Village very much, but I sure wouldn't mind going and visiting the one in Kentucky like you did. It looks like a beautiful place from what I can see in your photos!
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It was an interesting place to visit. Life in the village must have been peaceful, but I don't think it's something I'd like either.Delete
What beautiful country and architecture! I didn't know that the Shakers didn't believe in procreation... how strange that sounds to me. I don't think I'd like to live a celibate life- I love my husband too much :) Thanks for sharing this interesting glimpse into the Shaker history.ReplyDelete
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It was beautiful, especially the woodwork on the inside of the buildings. It does make you wonder how they expected their community to continue longterm without the beauty of marriage and children.Delete
This sounds like an interesting community. It's beautiful. I would love to visit but I probably wouldn't want to live there.ReplyDelete
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Amy, It's does fit that old saying: It's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there. :)ReplyDelete
I have visited Shaker Village twice, with my parent and brothers and then years later with my own family. It is a beautiful place but I do appreciate our modern conveniences!ReplyDelete
Hi Linda, You're right that it's a beautiful place and very peaceful there.Delete
Vickie, your book sounds like a good 'un! I had to grin at you wanting to marry a rancher :) I've always been a horse rider and my husband - before we were married - had so many awful experiences with the ones he was around. But when his daddy died, he left us a herd of 12 American Quarter horses, and what a blast we had! Ran a stables several years in the DFW area before moving to the country where our house is on 916 acres! I loved this post about Shakers, so much I didn't know. Thank y'all!ReplyDelete
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Carol, You're living my dream! I owned several horses when I was younger, and I loved riding, but my knees are so bad now that I don't think I could get on one. But I do love horses.Delete
Don't about living there, but always enjoy visiting old homesReplyDelete
I love visiting historical homes too. I wish the walls could talk and tell us about the families who lived in them.Delete
We have visited Pleasant Hill and it is a beautiful place. Going back in time by visiting old, historic places is wonderful fun for me! Thank you for this interesting post.ReplyDelete
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I'm glad you got to visit such a cool, historical place. Thanks for stopping by today.Delete
Our family visited Pleasant Hill in the late '90s. The Shakers were a fascinating people-- kind of strange, but fascinating! Vickie, your rancher book looks like a great read. God bless as you write!ReplyDelete
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Donna, I bet the Shaker village looks just the same now as when you were there. I'm thankful to all the people over the years who have kept it in such good shape.Delete
Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Love the pictures.
Looks like a great book Vickie!
Keep up the wonderful writing!
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Cheryl, I'm glad you enjoyed the post today. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
I read a book about them before and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to live with them. :)ReplyDelete
Looks like a must read.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed the lesson on the Shakers, I didn't realize they didn't have children, only adopted.. Very different than the Amish... thanks for the giveaway...ReplyDelete
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We have also visited the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and it is such an interesting place! Thank you for sharing a great post.ReplyDelete
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Tanks for this post Vickie. I had never heard of the Shaker's until I met Ann Gabhart and got her books. There is a place near her where there used to be a shaker village. No, I would not want to be a part of their life. I loved being married and having my babies, grandchildren, and greats. And, the way they kept the sexes apart. Can't image their communities growing very large. Funny that woman wanting the English to win after them leaving England. I would love to win another of your books. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <ReplyDelete
Hand woven towels - we have it so easy!!! truckredford(at) gmail dot comReplyDelete