While visiting Shaker Village last weekend for the annual Blessing of the Hounds, we met a few of the village’s other farmyard residents … and took several long walks through the village and the surrounding fields and meadows. If you’re a fan of history; Shaker trades and crafts; nineteenth-century farming; quiet, truly beautiful, and well-marked walking and hiking trails; or even just really good food, I highly recommend a visit to Shaker Village if/when you’re next in or near Lexington. You can also read about the main road through the village in this blog post from back in September.

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the Heritage Trail as it leaves the village and heads out into the countryside

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a cart in front of a dry-stone fence (there seem to be miles of these handmade fences on the 3,000 acres owned by Shaker Village)

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one of several adorable donkeys in a large paddock with a bunch of (hungry!) sheep

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these hungry sheep kept eating and eating and eating; this round bale was completely destroyed (having been eaten and trampled) in the 24 or so hours we were there

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... but this little ram posed very politely for a portrait

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at the other end of the village, this goat and others were anxiously awaiting dinner

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a team of oxen

this beautiful Highland bull is in a big paddock by the pedestrian entrance to the village

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this silly fox hound escaped from the pack during the Blessing of the Hounds and paid a visit to the Highland bull (photo by A.J. Singleton)

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and, finally, a pair of driving horses who pull a wagon / trolley through the village (photo by A.J. Singleton)