Views from Pleasant Hill
The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill still speaks clearly of the folks who lived there. While life could not have been easy, they seem to have found a simplicity and a satisfaction missing in much of our busy lives today. Rather than go back to those times, I wonder what we can learn from them and pull forward or discover, already here, but hidden in our blindness. Meditation, satisfaction from labor, singing together, community, practical design? I don’t mean to romanticize, only suggest we might borrow what still works today.
The main entry door to a building built in the early 1800s.
The community manufactured and sold thousands of booms to produce income for the community
Seeds were also produced and sold widely to generate income.
Spinning must have been a meditation for many.
The woven designs were stunning and bright.
Some of the more intricate patterns took days to set up on the looms.
A shelf in the well-used kitchen.
What a joy it must have been to handle this colander every day.
Simple, strong lines and gorgeous light.
Beautiful chairs, hung on pegs when not in use.
Singing together, and “shaking,” were both demonstrated beautifully by one of the staff.
We stayed in this small building, Tanyard, which formerly housed 20 or 30 people.