Down About Old Shakertown

George W. Doneghy

You may boast about the landscapes fair so far across the sea —
Of castled Rhine, and southern France, and favored Italy—
But have you seen, when Springtime flings the scented blossoms down,
The forests and the meadows green around old Shakertown?

You may boast of some that bask beneath perpetual Summer's smiles —
Those ''Edens of the eastern wave" — the sunny Grecian isles —
And others that perhaps you've seen, of beauty and renown,
But come and view the country spread around old Shakertown!

O come and boast that you have been where Nature's lavish hand
Bestowed the gifts of wood and field that vie with any land —
Where valleys wear a velvet robe — the hills and emerald crown
Of bluegrass shimmering in the sun, around old Shakertown!

O come to old Kentucky then, and to her garden spot.
Then wander wheresoe'er you will, it ne'er will be forgot —
For Nature's face is wreathed in smiles, nor wears a single frown
To mar the beauty she has spread around old Shakertown!

Author's Note: Shakertown is located near Harrodsburg, in Mercer County. Its grounds and buildings are unique — as unique as the old Shaker faith itself. ' The village was founded more than a century ago.