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Shakertown at Pleasant Hill Historic District

Shakertown and vicinity, Kentucky
County of Mercer.
U.S. Highway 68
National Register Number: 71000353
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Historical. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: KY-6 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Conference Center and Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 11, 1971):
The Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, among the most successful of 19th century religious communitarian settlements, was founded in 1805. The community plan was laid out in 1808, and from 1809 to 1860 the village grew to its maximum size and properity. By 1820, some 500 Shakers lived here on 3000 acres of land. The community was dissolved in 1910.

Regional development around Shakertown is threatening the integrity of the district.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
A preservation plan is needed to protect the district from development.

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