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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 overnight lodgings. 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 800-811-8379, or 270-542-4167. You can also reach us by email at shakmus@logantele.com.

ADMISSION FEES Adults | $8.00 each Children [ages 6-12] | $4.00 each Children 5 + under | FREE Student rate | $4.00 each DISCOUNTS Coupons are  offered at the Bowling Green Visitors Bureau | $1.00 off admission

The South Union Shaker Village offers a wide range of tours and activities for school groups of all ages. Cost is $4 per student, with teachers and bus drivers free. We offer two tours; Civil War Program (March 21-May 13) and Christmas Dinner 1911 (Dec. 6-16). Please call us at 1-800-811-8379 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 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 1-800-811-8379 for tour prices and to make reservations. Groups of 12 or more are also invited to make lunch or dinner reservations at the 1869 Shaker Tavern Bed & Breakfast.

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

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