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Berea and Shaker Village: Appalachian People, Places and Values

Program Number: 1471RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/11/2013 - 8/17/2013; 11/16/2014 - 11/22/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Price starting at: $735.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Become immersed in the history and heritage of Appalachia and the unique Shaker community at two of Kentucky's most distinctive institutions. In Berea — a town founded in 1855 on the ideals of equality — learn about the people of this region and their communities. Journey to Shaker Village — a National Historic Landmark— to gain an appreciation for the Shakers and learn about their worship, industries, joyful music, and crafts.




Highlights

• Experience the power and joy of Appalachian music, literature, and traditional crafts.
• Learn about Berea College's historic connection with the people.
• Consider the role of the Shakers as America’s first “pharmacists,” and learn how they developed their knowledge of medicinal and culinary herbs.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain. Historic buildings with stairs, no elevator.




Date Specific Information

8-11-2013

Program begins in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and ends in Berea, Kentucky. Program also includes a riverboat cruise.



11-16-2014

This program week begins at Berea and participants stay 3 nights at Boone Tavern. Transfer to Shaker Village for 3 nights at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Program ends after breakfast.



Itinerary Summary

Berea, 3 nights; Shaker Village, 3 nights.



Coordinated by Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.




Shaker Village

Located near Lexington, Ky., Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a preserved historic site where a Shaker religious community was active from 1805 to 1910. This National Historic Landmark encompasses 34 original buildings, 2,800 acres of farmland on which traditional animals roam, an outdoor living history museum and a classic country inn.



Berea

This small town south of Lexington near the edge of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region is renowned for its small college, Southern hospitality and commitment to the arts and crafts of the Appalachian Mountain region, which community artisans, musicians and gallery owners celebrate through their work.



Accommodations
Berea: Historic Boone Tavern Hotel. Shaker Village: Guestrooms in restored Shaker buildings.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Debbie Larkin

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Debbie Larkin is an herbalist and botanist who has worked as the village herbalist at Shaker Village. Debbie works as an environmental educator at Bluegrass Greensource, a non-profit organization that provides environmental resources and information to schools, community groups, local governments and citizens of Central Kentucky. She also owns The Stillroom, where she sells plants, herbs, and teaching aromatherapy and herbal remedies.
 
Donna Phillips

Donna Phillips is the coordinator of music programs at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and director of music for the Pleasant Hill Singers. Donna also serves as the children's choir director and the adult handbell choir director at Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington. A native Kentuckian, Donna graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in music education and performance. She has won several awards, including the Presidential Academic Achievement Award for Music Performance.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  Harrodsburg, KY 3 nights
   Boone Tavern Hotel
  Berea, KY 3 nights
 Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: All rooms are in historic buildings. All rooms are furnished with reproduction Shaker furniture. Rooms have air-conditioning and private baths.
  Contact info: 3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 USA
phone: 859-734-5411
web: www.shakervillageky.org
  Room amenities: All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with Shaker reproduction furniture, Temperpedic mattresses.
  Facility amenities: Serenity and tranquility in setting
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $100 - $120 + tax Additional room nights must be reserved through the Road Scholar coordinator. Participants must also make their own meal reservations and pay for meals until the program begins/after program ends. Additional room nights are not eligible for Road Scholar discount
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Boone Tavern Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Historic Boone Tavern is one of Kentucky's finest historic inns. The Boone Tavern is known for its gracious hospitality and wonderful food, including signature dishes such as spoonbread and "Chicken Flakes in a Bird's Nest." Located on the Berea College campus.
  Contact info: 100 Main Street
Berea, KY 40403 USA
phone: 800-366-9358
web: www.boonetavenhotel.com
  Room amenities: All rooms have coffee pots.
  Facility amenities: Boone Tavern has nicely appointed rooms, comfortable common seating areas, and is in close proximity to a variety of shops featuring regional crafts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: $90 - $135 + tax Reservations must be made directly with Boone tavern; mention that you are an Road Scholar participant so that you may stay in the same room for the duration of the program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration is after 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at Shaker Village You will be staying at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast on Saturday at Berea College You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo ID such as a driver's license. Completed health form returned to coordinator prior to arrival.
  Parking availability:
free parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Harrodsburg, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  Nearest highway: U.S. 68
  Nearest airport:  Lexington's Bluegrass Field (airport code LEX)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Berea, KY
  Nearest highway: I-75
  Nearest airport:  Lexington
Travel Details
 

LEX

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
phone: 859-734-1550
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. day program begins 

   

Berea College shuttle will supply transportation back to airport after breakfast on day program ends. Cost is $50 per person one way. Berea is approximately 40 miles from Lexington's Bluegrass Field.

 
Driving Directions
  From Northeast (Lexington, KY) From I-64/I-75, take exit 115, Newtown Pike, KY, KY 922 South to KY 4/New Circle Road. Take New Circle Road West/South to Harrodsburg Road exit/US 68. Take exit, and turn right onto US 68 West. Go approximately 23 miles to caution light at Shaker Village entrance; turn right into village.
  From West (Louisville, KY) Take I-64 East to exit 48 (Graefenburg/Lawrenceburg), KY 151. Take exit & turn right onto KY 151. Take 151 to US 127. Turn right onto US 127 South. Take US 127 South approx. 25 miles to US 127 South By-Pass (north of Harrodsburg). Turn left onto US 127 South By-Pass. Go 1 mile to stoplight/intersection of US 68. Turn left onto US 68 East. Go 7 miles to flashing caution light. Turn left into village entrance.
Elevation Note: Elevation is not above 3000 feet

Equipment Requirements: none
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in after 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time. Village tour ticket included with Road Scholar fee; early arrivals may do self-guided tour of village, solo performance of Shaker music, demonstrations of traditional crafts.
(Sunday, August 11)

Note: Early arrivals may do self-guided tour of Shaker Village including solo performance of Shaker music, demonstrations of traditional crafts. Candlelight dinner in historic Trustees' Office Dining Room, followed by evening orientation and introductions.



   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Check-in after 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time. Early arrivals may tour Shaker Village (tour ticket included in Road Scholar fee), and enjoy solo performance of Shaker music, demonstrations of traditional crafts, and guided tours of select buildings. Hiking trails with spectacular vistas are available for the more energetic, or take a one-hour cruise on a replica sternwheel paddleboat along the Kentucky river. Dinner at 5:30 in historic Trustees' Office Dining Room followed by evening orientation program.
 Dinner: Dinner by candlelight in Shaker Village's historic Trustees' Office Dining Room includes salad, entree' with vegetables, dessert, and choice of beverage.
 Evening: Evening orientation program and introductions after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning program on Shaker theology and worship, with afternoon program focusing on the Shakers' unique music and worship movements. Evening program on Shaker architecture and the restoration of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
(Monday, August 12)

Note: Classroom programs on Shaker theology, music and architecture by Shaker Village staff members. Time for independent touring, hiking or resting in afternoon. Evening program includes slide show of Shaker architecture from many Shaker villages..



   
 Breakfast: Country Buffet breakfast in Trustees' Office Dining Room, including eggs, bacon, sausage, hot and cold fruits, assorted cereals, oatmeal, gravy, biscuits and pumpkin muffins, juice and beverage.
 Morning: Learn about the Shakers, their charismatic worship and their religious beliefs, and how their beliefs manifested themselves in the Shakers' daily lives.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room will include soup and sandwich, fresh fruit and cookies, choice of beverage.
 Afternoon: After hearing a solo performance of Shaker music in the 1820 Meeting House, our music programs coordinator will talk about the development of Shaker music and the unique style of worship.
 Dinner: Candlelit dinner at Shaker Village Trustees' Office Dining Room will include salad, entree' with vegetables, dessert, and choice of beverage.
 Evening: The Shakers constructed massive yet elegant buildings that reflected their intent to build a kingdom of Heaven here on earth. The Shakers' contribution to architecture will be explored through slides and discussion.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Program on the Shakers' medicinal herb industry with hands-on component; program on the Shakers' unique contributions to agriculture, followed by a riverboat cruise and candlelight performance of Shaker music by soloist.
(Tuesday, August 13)

Note: Explore the Shakers' contribution to modern medicine through their use of herbal remedies and then learn about their agricultural pursuits. An afternoon cruise on a replica sternwheel paddleboat through the magnificent Kentucky River palisades rounds out the day. After dinner enjoy a solo performance of Shaker music by candlelight in the 1820 Meeting House.



   
 Breakfast: Country buffet breakfast in the Trustees' Office Dining Room, including eggs, bacon, sausage, hot and cold fruits, assorted cold cereals, bread, juice, beverage.
 Morning: The Shakers are considered to be America's first pharmacists because of their large-scale marketing of herbs for medicinal use. Botanist and Herbalist Debbie Larkin discusses the Shakers' extensive herb industry while exploring the historical and modern uses of medicinal and culinary herbs. Scholars will make their own "closet bags" containing insect-repelling herbs to take home.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room includes the Pleasant Hill Salad Plate - chicken salad, pimiento cheese on biscuit, country ham salad on biscuit, fresh fruit, cookies, beverage
 Afternoon: The Shakers were among America's best agriculturalists in the 19th century - and the Kentucky Shakers led the way in introducing purebred cattle, horses, hogs and sheep to the area. Historic Farm Manager Ralph Ward brings the Shakers' historical agricultural contributions to life, at the same time discussing modern agricultural practices and their implications for sustainable living in the new millenium.
 Afternoon: A memorable riverboat cruise on the Kentucky River is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. We will board Shaker Village's Dixie Belle, a replica of a 19th century sternwheel paddleboat for a one-hour cruise along the spectacular Kentucky River palisades. Riverboat captains will discuss the flora and fauna of the Kentucky River as we travel through the Sally Brown Nature Preserve, and share stories of how the Shakers used the Kentucky River to transport their products from Shaker Village all the way to New Orleans.
 Dinner: Dinner by candlelight at Shaker Village's historic Trustees' Office will include salad, entree' with vegetables, dessert, and choice of beverage.
 Evening: A special solo performance of Shaker music by candlelight will inspire participants as the time at Shaker Village draws to a close.
   
Accommodations: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Eplore the experiences of the Shakers during the Civil War; after lunch we will transfer to Berea College. Check-in at Boone Tavern Hotel. Orientation and Introductions followed by dinner and Appalachian Music.
(Wednesday, August 14)

Note: Classroom program about the Shakers experiences during the Civil War. After lunch, check out of rooms at Shaker Village and transfer to Berea College. Check in to Boone Tavern Hotel. Orientation and Introductions. Dinner served in the Boone Tavern Dining Room. Appalachian Music for evening entertainment



   
 Breakfast: Country buffet breakfast at Trustees' Office Dining Room, including eggs, bacon, sausage, hot and cold fruit, assorted cold cereals, bread, juice, beverage.
 Morning: The Shakers were known for their advanced social principles, which included equality between men and women, racial equality and pacifism. When the Civil War came to Kentucky, the Shakers and their way of life were threatened by both Union and Confederate armies. Discover how the Shakers weathered the storm of war as village historian Susan L. Hughes uses the Shakers' own journals to describe their experiences.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Trustees' Office Dining Room will include soup, fresh garden salad, cookies, fresh fruit and choice of beverage.
 Afternoon: Check out of rooms at Shaker Village after lunch and transfer to Berea College. 3pm Orientation to Berea College Program.
 Dinner: Salad, entree' with vegetables, served with Spoonbread, one of Boone Tavern's signature dishes, dessert, beverage.
 Evening: Evening program on the unique style of Appalachian Music follows.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Berea College History and Campus Tour. Informative sessions about Appalachian History, Stereotypes, and Coal Mining. Jammin on the Porch for evening entertainment.
(Thursday, August 15)

Note: We'll start off the morning with History of Berea College and a student guided tour of campus. After lunch which is served buffet style in the Boone Tavern Dining Room, we will visit the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center for informative sessions about Appalachian History, Stereotypes and Coal Mining. Enjoy local musicians share their talent at Jammin on the Porch in Old Town Berea.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet, including fruit, yogurt, assorted cold cereals, eggs, bread, juice and beverage.
 Morning: Learn about the rich history of Berea College and the relationship with the Appalachian Region. Embark on a student-led, one-hour guided historical tour of Berea College campus.
 Lunch: Buffet, including salad bar, soup, hot entree' with vegetables, beverage.
 Afternoon: Hear from our expert faculty about Appalachian History, Stereotypes of the Appalachian Region and the History of Coal Mining in Appalachia.
 Dinner: Salad, entree' with vegetables, served with Spoonbread, one of Boone Tavern's signature dishes, dessert, beverage.
 Evening: For evening entertainment we will head into Old Town Berea for Jammin' on the Porch where local musicians get together and have a jam session. Participants are guaranteed to have a great time and experience authentic local music and talent.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program on Appalachian Music and Literature. Lunch at Boone Tavern. Afternoon programs on Appalachian Artifacts and Religions of the Appalachian Region. Evening entertainment by the Berea Festival Dancers.
(Friday, August 16)

Note: Following breakfast will be a presentation on Appalachian Music and Literature. Following lunch we'll head over to the Appalachian Center where we'll hear about Appalachian Religion and Artifacts. Following dinner will be dancing and entertainment with the Berea Festival Dancers.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet, including fruit, yogurt, assorted cold cereals, French Toast, eggs, juice, beverage.
 Morning: Learn about the history of music in Appalachia and all the different types and styles. You will get to hear about Appalachian Literature and some of the authors of the region.
 Lunch: Buffet, including salad bar, deli bar, beverage, pasta salad
 Afternoon: Following lunch we will head back over to the Appalachian Center where you will get to experience some artifacts that the college has in its collection from some of the historical times in Appalachia. You will also hear a presentation about the many religions in Appalachia and some history as it relates to religious practices.
 Dinner: Salad, entree' with vegetables, served with Spoonbread, one of Boone Tavern's signature dishes, dessert, beverage.
 Evening: Bring your dancing shoes and learn different styles of English dancing with the Berea Festival Dancers.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Saturday, August 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet at Boone Tavern Hotel, including fruit, yogurt, assorted cold cereals, bacon, pancakes, juice and beverage. Program ends after breakfast.
 Morning: Campus van transfer back to Harrodsburg for Independent departures, or independent departures from Berea.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Shaker Experience in America


Author: Dr. Stephen Stein


Description: This is the most comprehensive overview of the Shakers available. It includes the early beginnings of the Shaker movement in England and the development of the sect through the 1990s. It has the approval of the living community of Shakers at Sabbathday Lake in Maine. The book uses original materials from all of the former Shaker communities.





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