SOUTH UNION SHAKER VILLAGE

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This week we are back at the @thekymuseum for #FurnitureFriday. Today’s feature is a table with a press on top. The two pieces were likely made at different times, though both have typical South Union features and great provenance to the village. 

Thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday series!

This week we are back at the @thekymuseum for #Fur…

This week we are back at the @thekymuseum for #FurnitureFriday. Today’s feature is a table with a press on top. The two pieces were likely made at different times, though both have typical South Union features and great provenance to the village. 

Thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday series!

This week we are back at the @thekymuseum for #Fur…

Our #FurnitureFriday this week takes a look at two of the earliest pieces added to the museum collection. Our founder, Miss Deedy Hall, began collecting furniture that had provenance to South Union, as well as pieces from the eastern Shaker communities. To honor Mrs. Hall, we are opening a new exhibit about her passion for preservation on Thursday, May 12, exactly fifty years to the day that the museum opened at the original site. 

Thank you to Case Antiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday series!

Our #FurnitureFriday this week takes a look at two…

Our #FurnitureFriday is the most recent acquisition to the museum collection, an early South Union walnut cupboard. It was purchased at the auction by Mr. and Mrs. Ben Young, who bought the South Union Hotel, later called the Shaker Tavern. We are grateful to Dennis Newberry for assisting us in making this purchase. His contribution is in memory of his late wife, Thelma Newberry. 

Thank you to Case Antiques for sponsoring our Furniture Friday series!

Our #FurnitureFriday is the most recent acquisitio…

This week #FurnitureFriday is on the road at the Kentucky Museum on Western Kentucky University’s campus. We are grateful to Director Brent Bjorkman and Curator Sandy Staebell for allowing us to feature these wonderful South Union candlestands. 

Thank you to Case Antiques for sponsoring our Furniture Friday series!

This week #FurnitureFriday is on the road at the K…

For our #FurnitureFriday this week we are taking a look into a ca. 1850s work table that has similar construction features as this ca. 1830s bureau. 

Thanks to Case Antiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday series!

For our #FurnitureFriday this week we are taking a…

#FurnitureFriday this week is a rare piece in the collection, a poplar bench from the Meetinghouse. What makes this even more special is a historic photograph from the 1880s showing the Shakers on these benches outside the Meetinghouse. 

Thanks again to our sponsor, Case Antiques

#FurnitureFriday this week is a rare piece in the …

This week’s #FurnitureFriday is a ca. 1830 straight chair that was converted to a rocker by the Shakers. 

Thanks to Case Antiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

This week’s #FurnitureFriday is a ca. 1830 strai…

We are grateful to Case Antiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday Series! Today we are taking a look at “case furniture,” including this built-in and mid-nineteenth century bureau.

We are grateful to Case Antiques for sponsoring ou…

Once again our #FurnitureFriday highlights a piece with classic South Union features. This headboard of a walnut bed has turnings that can be found in table legs and in the architecture of the building.

Once again our #FurnitureFriday highlights a piece…

This #FurnitureFriday showcases a work table of unusual height.

This #FurnitureFriday showcases a work table of un…

Restoration continues in the 1824 Centre House, thanks to the generosity of Jack and Betty Kesler. Today, Baker Watkins of Watkins and Sons LLC is reproducing poplar base plank to be installed in Room #1 of the building. Using a molding plane to create a replica of the original bead profile, Baker will use the finished product to replace a section that was damaged by termites in the 1980s.

Restoration continues in the 1824 Centre House, th…

This ca. 1830s cherry candlestand is typical South Union craftsmanship with an unusual characteristic in the beveled legs.

This ca. 1830s cherry candlestand is typical South…

Our #FurnitureFriday this week is a child’s bench that closely resembles the benches used in the Meeting House at South Union.

Our #FurnitureFriday this week is a child’s benc…

This #FurnitureFriday is a child’s chair that has features typical to South Union chairs, with the exception of the unique finial.

This #FurnitureFriday is a child’s chair that ha…

Our #FurnitureFriday is a miniature bureau that was purchased at the 1922 auction. While many people surmise it was made for children, it was likely used to store tools, documents, or sewing notions.

Our #FurnitureFriday is a miniature bureau that wa…

#FurnitureFriday this week is a ca. 1830s walnut bed. The decorative details on the legs are similar to architectural features found in the Centre House, which helps us to date these pieces.

#FurnitureFriday this week is a ca. 1830s walnut b…

This #FurnitureFriday features a chair with an original South Union seat.

This #FurnitureFriday features a chair with an ori…

For our first #FurnitureFriday of 2022, we are looking at a book press that has provenance to the 1922 auction.

For our first #FurnitureFriday of 2022, we are loo…

Merry Christmas Eve! This #FurnitureFriday is a poplar wash stand that retains its original red and blue paint.

Merry Christmas Eve! This #FurnitureFriday is a po…

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