Yesterday we met out front around 11 and headed toward a small historic town south and west of Lexington. Walter wanted to check out a bit of property for sale near Harrodsburg, you know, in case they want to downsize and relocate. The house and land were a non event, but he and Cindy had also found a likely spot nearby for a bit of lunch before continuing our trip to the Shaker Village.
The Kentucky Fudge Company turned out to be a misnomer. No fudge, but a knockout lunch/dinner place on a lovely old main street. Yummy coffees, sandwiches, soups, and desserts in an old soda fountain storefront. After we filled up on lunch items we bought four desserts to take home for that night's dinner. We're really bad.....
|here comes dessert|
On to the Shaker Village. We arrived, bought our tickets and waited outside for our tour guide.
We waited and waited, but no one ever came so we set off on our own.
As a result, we didn't learn as much about the settlement, but we all agreed we really enjoyed its quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
We went inside the Center Family house. As its name implies, it is a large "family" home in the center of the settlement. Eighty or so non related "brothers and sisters" lived together but separately in this large, simple building, women on one side and men on the other. All the rooms are exactly alike on both sides of the center hallway. There is an East House and a West house on the property also.
|old panes of glass reveal a beauty of their own|
|they puzzle over the use of this oxen powered piece of equipment|
As we wandered the grounds we came upon what looked like an exhibition of dry stone wall building techniques. The entire area around Lexington reminds Dave and I of Ireland with its rolling emerald green pastures and stunning grey stone walls that follow the contours of the land.
|undulating wall section|
|built in stairs|
|Dave enjoys the warm sun on his face|
Tomorrow the morning gallops at Keeneland and a unexpected opportunity there.