So now since that is over we would first like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the holidays be special and all your gifts be good. Also remember Christ is the most important thing about Christmas.
|Jesus Christ in the manger.|
We will probably never work at Amazon again since it just does not suit us, but I guess you should never say never. The worst thing for us was the time away from home. It was not so bad when it was four ten hour days and you had three days off, but when it switched to five ten hours day, with only two days off, it did not leave you much time to relax.
If you would be interested in working at Amazon then you can check out what jobs are available at their CamperForce page. The CamperForce program is where they recruit RVers to help them during the holiday rush. Check it out and see if you want to become an Amazon CamperForce Associate.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
While in the Campbellsville, KY area we had a chance to visit the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill which was a glimpse into the past.
We call them Shakers, but their real name is The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, which is a mouth full. The rest of the world started calling them "Shaking Quakers" or "Shakers" for short.
Their founder was Mother Ann Lee who lived in Manchester England and brought eight followers over to America in 1774 in search of religious freedom.
While there we ate lunch at The Trustee's Table restaurant and was not unimpressed. Walk-ins are accepted, but we had to make our reservation a week out, so unless you want to wait, make reservations. The food is simple, but delicious.
|Pork Loin with gravy, green beans, corn pudding, and cranberry sauce.|
Most buildings had two doors in front so that the Shaker men could enter in on the east side while the Shaker women used the doors on the west side of the building. That is also how they lived in all of the houses. Women lived together on the west side while men lived together on the east side of the house.
|Centre Family Dwelling|
|East and West entry doors to Centre Family Dwelling.|
|Mirror image inside of the house. One side for men the other side for woman.|
|Stairs for both men and woman in the house.|
|Meeting room in Centre Family Dwelling.|
|The four steps required to weave a basket.|
|First communal house at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.|
The Trustee's Office is where the restaurant and hotel are but used to be where the trustees of the village worked. It also provided lodging for visitors to the village. To show some of the Shaker handiwork it contains twin spiral staircases built by Micajah Burnett who was one of the main architects for the community.
|Ready for Christmas.|
|Courtney looking down the spiral stairs from the second floor.|
|Looking down from the second story.|
|Looking down from the third story.|
|Looking down form the very top of the spiral stairs.|
|Looking west on the main turnpike through the village.|
|Looking east on the main turnpike through the village.|
|Looking out the east side of the Centre Family Dwelling.|
|Looking east toward the west side of the Centre Family Dwelling.|
|Meeting House where worship services were held.|
|Inside the Meeting House looking through the Ministry team window.|
|Window used by Ministry team to observe non Shakers during worship service.|
|Big open room so the Shakers could shake and whirl during worship services.|
I'm not sure why they did not make it, but maybe the vow of celibacy was the cause. They were and are a good group of Christian believing people who had a great work ethic. They practiced loving one another and doing good works.
We had fun on our historic tour of the village and it was nice to get out and see some sights after working so long at Amazon.
|Misty, Tia, Avery, Ian, Courtney, Ethan, and Chloe at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.|
|Tia, Don, Avery, Courtney, Ian, Ethan, and Chloe at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.|
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|States we have visited so far.|