Category Travel

Ancestral Shaker Connection?

After visiting Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky, a surprising connection was found. A few items on exhibit in the Shaker heritage village mentioned Shakers with my surname, Burnett. One is a drawing of a man named Micajah Burnett…
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Shaker Culture

Shaker customs were in part unusual and surprisingly progressive. In a time of great civil unrest, women were considered equals to men and those of African heritage were considered free. Working together within the community allowed Shakers to accumulate and…
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Shaker Village Friendlies

Shaker Village teems with life, including resident cats, horses, cattle, visiting geese and small birds, as well as a cacophony of insects day and night (mostly at night). The black and white cat is Boomer, who showed up regularly during…
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Kentucky Riverboat Cruise

Shaker Village hosts an hour-long riverboat cruise down the Kentucky River and back. It’s a relaxing way to spend an hour, learn more about the area and enjoy the lush and wild landscape. About a 5 minute drive from the…
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Bourbon, Lemon Pie & Fireflies

Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky distilleries and it’s production is rooted deeply in Kentucky heritage, so I convinced Susanne to try some with me at Shaker Village. We tried a Woodford Reserve I’d heard good…
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Glen Ferris, West Virginia

Route 60 out of Babcock State Park took us alongside the Kanawha, the most prominent river in West Virginia. The small town of Glen Ferris lays along a broad arc of the river, between Gauley Bridge on the left of…
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Babcock State Park, West Virginia

On our drive through the Appalachian region, stretching from Virginia into Kentucky, we visited Babcock State Park in West Virginia. A key attraction in the park is the Glade Creek Grist Mill, one of the most photographed sites in the…
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