Those Large Bones: The Shaker Mammoth
In the fall of 1860, Shaker farmers discovered the bones of a mammoth on their Mercer County property. The skeletal remains were displayed at Shakertown and then donated to a local college in Harrodsburg. Jill Malusky, director of visitor engagement, says no one knows where the bones went after that. “Who knows, maybe this exhibition will inspire locals to look in their attic or cellar and maybe discover the bones,” Malusky said. “Maybe they’re still in the Harrodsburg area. We’re not sure.”
The exhibit recounts the 1860 discovery and includes a donated mammoth skull, tusk and jaw bone. Malusky says the exhibit features 15 to 20 different fossils and hands-on activities for children.
About Shaker Village
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. With 34 original Shaker structures, the site is home to the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings and is the largest National Historic Landmark in Kentucky. Demonstrating a commitment to community, sustainability and ingenuity, Shaker Village embraces three pillars rooted in time-honored Shaker legacies, including balanced preservation and conservation; engaged learning and exploration; and warm, spirited hospitality. Onsite services at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill include overnight accommodations, dining, beverage and catering services, three craft shops, exhibitions in historic buildings, a farm and garden area, the Dixie Belle Riverboat and 1,200 acres of restored native prairie.
For more information call 859-734-5411 or visit shakervillageky.org