Sheltered wagon


There are a small number of Shaker villages still in existence in the United States, each serving as an example of the interesting Shaker architecture and lifestyle.

A few years ago we spent a couple of nights at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ky. The village, near Harrodsburg, Ky., is the site of a Shaker religious community that was active from 1805 to 1910. Many of the structures in the village have been restored and are now used as an inn for lodging.

The site, a National Historic Landmark, features unique Shaker architecture.

Every structure in the village provides a lesson in history and architectural ingenuity as well as an opportunity for photo hobbyists to capture interesting images.

I spent most of our visit photographing traditional Shaker architecture: double doors, mirrored staircases and other elements that provide the balanced look in Shaker design.

But this photo, my photo of the week, shows a wooden barn sheltering an aging wagon. There’s nothing “traditional Shaker” about this scene. I just thought it would make a nice black and white photo.

There’s a lot of activity in the village. Local craftsmen and women, dressed in clothing suitable for the period and using tools available in the 19th century, create furniture and other items while visitors watch. The items are sold in the shop at Shaker Village, with proceeds from sales used to help sustain the historic village.

The website for Shaker Village that includes information for visitors is

Each week I will post a photo from my collection with an explanation of how I got the shot. Previous photos of the week are in the archives.


Date/time: June 13, 2008, 2:03 p.m.  
Location: 37°49'11.961" N 84°44'23.902" W (Show in Google Maps)  
Camera: Canon EOS 40D  
Lens: Canon EF 28-135 (44mm)  
Aperture: f/5.6  
Shutter: 1/80th second  
ISO: 400