Shaker Village closes river cruises – The Journal of the Interior


Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill will be ending operation of its paddle wheeler after 40 years of cruising along the Kentucky River. the association the organization will pursue other public programming opportunities on the Kentucky River and at Shaker Landing, where the riverboat is docked.

In recent years, the age of the ship, built in 1970, and the difficulty of obtaining specialized parts for maintenance had led to challenges in operating the cruises as planned. This, combined with rising marine insurance costs and the difficulty of dry-docking the vessel for inspections, led to the decision to halt river operations.

“Our riverboat has been an integral part of the Shaker Village experience for forty years,” said Maynard Crossland, President and CEO of Shaker Village. “Thousands of people have been introduced to the Kentucky River aboard this boat, and countless wonderful memories have was done. We explored all options to continue riverboat cruises, but arrived at the realize it’s time to move in a new direction. There are many exciting ideas in the works discussed, and I look forward to announcing our plans very soon.

Riverboat cruises began at Shaker Landing in the spring of 1982. The double-decker riverboat had a capacity of 112 passengers and generally operated from May to October. Annual attendance often exceeded 20,000 passengers for one-hour Kentucky River cruises Palisades.

The riverboat captains and their brothers, Richard and Bruce Herring, worked on the boat for almost as long as it has been run by Shaker Village. Richard started at the end of the summer of 1982, while Bruce joined the crew in 1984. The captains said, “We’re sorry to see the end of this era at Shaker Village, but we look forward to continuing to work here at the Village and being a part of all the great things to come.

Shaker Landing remains open to the public for hiking and for canoe and kayak launches. Shaker Village also hosts a monthly series of day and night guided paddle experiences on the Kentucky River, with tickets available on the online event calendar.

Pleasant Hill’s Shaker Village in Harrodsburg is located just 40 minutes from Lexington, and 80 minutes outside of Louisville. To plan your visit to Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, or to to learn more, visit or call 859.734.5411.

About Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill:

Named one of the best hidden travel destinations by BBC News and awarded TripAdvisor certificate Excellence, Pleasant Hill’s Shaker Village is a historic destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovered in the minds of the Kentucky Shakers. With 34 original Shaker structures, the site is houses the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings and is the Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark. On-site services at Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill include overnight accommodation, food, beverage and catering services, three craft shops, exhibits in historic buildings, a farm and garden, and 1,000 acres of restored native land meadow. For more information, please visit


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