Shaker Museum at South Union
South Union Shakertown Historic District
Front of the main dwelling house
|Location||KY 73 at Louisville and Nashville RR tracks, and jct. of U.S. 68, South Union, Kentucky|
|Area||9.5 acres (3.8 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||75000796|
|Added to NRHP||April 03, 1975|
The Shaker Museum at South Union is located at the historic site of the South Union Shaker Village in Auburn, Kentucky, USA. The village was established by the Shakers in 1807 and closed in 1922. The museum itself is located in an 1824 40-room Centre House, filled with original artefacts exemplifying the Shakers' craftsmanship and unique way of life.
South Union was one of 24 villages built up by the Shakers. During the village's 115-year history, the Shakers constructed over 200 buildings, worked 6,000 acres (2,400 ha) of farmland, and produced garden seed, fruit preserves, brooms, baskets, rugs, linen, hats, bonnets and silk to be used both within the community and sold to the outside world. One of the best known Shaker songs today, "Love is little," originated at South Union during the 1830s.
Today, there is only Shaker community remaining active, located at Sabbathday Lake, Maine, USA. It is the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. The Shaker Museum at South Union is a non-profit educational organization devoted to preserving the Shaker culture and legacy.
- Coombs, Elizabeth (July 1940). "Brief History of the Shaker Colony at South Union, Kentucky". Filson Club Historical Quarterly 14 (3). Retrieved 2011-11-30.