Continuing with the carriage-history references that A.J. and I kept finding on our recent “local” vacation …

While we were at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill (a lovely historic site that also offers fabulous hiking opportunities, delicious food, and unique accommodations), we found a Kentucky historic marker in the parking lot that offers the following nuggets:

Completed by 1839, the Lexington – Harrodsburg – Perryville Turnpike (KY68) ran through the center of Pleasant Hill. The road became part of the mail stage route between Zanesville (Ohio) and Florence (Alabama). Stages were discontinued here by 1877. The turnpike brought communication and trade to the reclusive Shakers, as well as both Confederate and Union invaders during the Civil War.

This is a photo (from our vacation) of the same road mentioned on the marker. For a number of years, the “modern,” paved KY68 followed this same route, right through the center of the Shakers’ village, an area long known locally as “Shaker Town.” When the newer KY68 was built nearby and the historic area restored, this original road was, shall we say, un-paved.

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