South Union today is more than just a memory. It is a place to visit and learn firsthand about the Shaker way of life. Several of the original buildings have been restored and now house a fine museum of Shaker folklife and material culture, a unique gift shop, and event venue . While visiting the Shaker Museum, you will have an opportunity to see beautiful artifacts such as homespun blankets, coverlets, kerosene lamps, ironstone, butter churns, oval boxes, and Shaker furniture. These artifacts tell so much about the day-to-day lives of the Shakers here at South Union, and the “world’s” people during that period of time. Each of our exhibits is filled with these lovely artifacts that take you back to the simplicity of the times. This Shaker community was established by the Shakers in 1807 and closed in 1922. We invite you to explore our web site and then plan your visit to this western-most of the Shaker communities. To find the best times to visit, take a look at the special events we have throughout the year. The South Union Shaker Village was established as an independent, non-profit, educational institution, its purpose being:

  • To preserve and maintain the site of the Shaker Society which once existed at South Union.
  • To protect its buildings, its landscape, and its folklife and material culture.
  • To use the buildings and grounds to further the interest of the public in historic preservation and Shaker history.
  • To sponsor continuing programs of an educational and cultural nature.

plan your visit

Here’s the scoop on planning your visit to South Union Shaker Village!

REGULAR SEASON {March 1 through November 30} South Union Shaker Village is open for tours from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sundays (Central Time). The last tour begins 45 minutes before closing. * The Village is closed Thanksgiving Day. The Village is CLOSED on MONDAYS year round. WINTER HOURS {December 1 through February 28} OPEN for tours from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Tuesday-Saturday (Central Time). The last tour begins 45 minutes before closing.

*The Village is CLOSED Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.The Village is CLOSED on MONDAYS year round.

For updated information, please call 270-542-4167. You can also reach us by email at info@southunionshakervillage.com.


Adults | $10.00 each

Children [ages 6-12] | $4.00 each

Children 5 + under | FREE

Students [elementary-college] | $4.00

Military | $8.00

Senior Citizens [age 62+] | $8.00


Coupons are  offered at the Bowling Green Visitors Bureau | $1.00 off admission

South Union Shaker Village offers school tours year ‘round, but presents the following focused tours. Cost is $4 per student, with teachers and bus drivers free.

We offer two tours:


Community Builders: Kentucky Shakers at South Union


To Grandmother’s House We Go: Thanksgiving in 1918

Please call us at 270-542-4167 to make reservations.

Please check out our Bus Fund program for those of you looking for a way to help out on travel expense. Click on the form link below.

Download the BUS FUND FORM

South Union Shaker Village offers a wide range of tours and activities for groups of all ages. Please call us at 270-542-4167 for tour prices and to make reservations or visit our Group Tours page for more information.

South Union Shaker Village is located 1 mile south of US-68 on KY-1466, ten miles west of Bowling Green, KY. PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 850 Shaker Museum Road Auburn, KY 42206 VIEW MAP + GET DIRECTIONS

The Shaker Hotel now operates as an event space for weddings and events.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:  396 South Union Road, Auburn, KY 42206



Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of South Union Shaker Village and to a $150,000.00 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation, we have met our $300,000.00 goal! We received notification in late October that the Brown Foundation had awarded SUSV a grant that would cover half the project cost, challenging us to raise the remainder. Within weeks, we had both met and exceeded the matching grant, allowing us to complete our Phase I fundraising effort before the end of 2016.  

When we were offered the Wash House by our neighbors the Fathers of Mercy in April, SUSV leadership was overjoyed, but also daunted by the task of raising $300,000.00. The announcement was officially made during the South Union Seminar in April and the response was immediate.  John and Linda Tanner pledged $1000.00 and challenged others in attendance to donate. Before the end of the day we had contributions from Hanlin and Jane Bavley, George and Darlene Kohrman, Mark Brown and Mary Black, and we were off and running! Within a few weeks, Judy and Ray McCaskey had become the first major donors of our campaign with a pledge of $21,000.00. Other generous gifts followed.

Since the letters were mailed to our membership in September, hardly a day has gone by when a contribution did not come in the mail. The response has been incredible and we are all very grateful for your generosity. At this time, contributions and pledges total $366,165.00. The money received over the purchase price will be committed toward the restoration of the building.

Read more about the campaign and the history of the 1854 Wash House. >>

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