South Union carefully constructs rich learning experiences that encourage students to make connections to what they are learning in the classroom. Whether onsite or at your location, South Union offers engaging material on relevant topics.

Did you know? Teachers organizing a field trip never pay admission. Contact SUSV for details.


Education Programs at South Union Shaker Village are generously supported by the Spiller Family.

Bearing Our Trials: Women Achievers

What could Simone Biles, Dolly Parton, and Malala Yousafzai have in common with Shaker Sisters at South Union? Learn how women have demonstrated strength and skill from the 1800’s to the present. Elementary students will reflect on their own strengths and talents while creating a take-home “Me Map.” 

Program Cost: $4 per student, $7 per chaperone 
Recommended for Grades: 3rd-6th, Middle School, High School
Available: Fall & Spring


Community Builders: Kentucky Shakers at South Union

Introduces students to the unique culture and history of the Kentucky Shakers. Students explore the natural resources and human capital needed to grow the village from a collection of frontier farms into a substantial village. This program highlights the life of Brother David Barnett, African American Shaker and expert brick mason.  

Program Cost: $4 per student, $7 per chaperone 
Recommended for Grades: 1st-6th
Available: Fall & Spring


The Lost Village of South Union

Learn to assess the landscape and built environment like a historian! Guided by professional historians students explore the 1824 Centre House, observe features on the landscape, and examine archaeological finds to piece together South Union’s history.

Program Cost: $4 per student, $7 per chaperone 
Recommended for Grades: Middle School, High School
Available: Fall & Spring

To Grandmother’s House We Go! Southern Culture & Foodways

An old favorite, this interactive program continues by popular demand. Students participate in churning, grinding, and mixing as they explore southern culture through food selection and meal preparation.

Program Cost: $4 per student, $7 per chaperone 
Recommended for Grades: K-6th
Available: select dates November-December

A Mighty Task

* new for 2019! Trying out tasks that made the village run successfully and connecting these tasks to today’s careers makes for hands-on, engaging program specially designed for differently-abled children and teens.

For more information or to book a program contact Rebekah at

Don’t see what you are looking for? SUSV can tailor a program to supplement many units of study including Science, English, and Math. There is no additional charge for this service. Just ask, it’s what we do!

Concerned about the cost of bus transportation? South Union may be able to help. Check out SUSV’s Public School Bus Fund and download the request form here.

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