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Shaker Heritage Society

Address: 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY
Phone Number: 518-456-7890
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Ranked #18 of 28 Attractions in Albany
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany International Airport, the historic...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany International Airport, the historic site features nine Shaker buildings, an herb garden, apple orchard and cemetery where Shaker founder, Ann Lee is buried. The 1848 Shaker Meeting House contains a small museum and gift shop. Hiking trails are available at the adjacent Ann Lee Pond Wildlife Preserve.

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English first
Queens, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visit approx once a year when in Albany visiting family. Nice historical video and pix. The Holiday Crafts Fair is great - unusual crafts reasonably priced; we always find something for our growing family. Contributes to historical preservation - a worthy cause.

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Pocasset, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Fun hand crafted goods made in America. I find something unique each year, such as melted bottle cheese boards, rolling pin crafts and felting.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Anyone who is interested in the history of the Utopian movement in America, has to come to this small site. The foundation of the Shaker movement in America is located right here. Within the small museum, which is the Meeting House, there are some informative displays of the history of the movement and its eventual demise. However, rest of the... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The site is a strange mix of state-owned buildings and Shaker houses. The only building open is the Meeting House, but several buildings have signs of occupancy sometime recently - they almost appear haunted. The lines of the Meeting House are lovely, and the big interior space is intact. The little museum tucked at the entrance end has a reasonably... More 

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It's definitely worth seeing. While you can't go into most of the buildings, the meeting house is quite nice and includes a reasonably priced gift shop. You can also walk around the grounds. The herb garden is especially nice as all of the herbs are carefully labeled. I spent a very nice Fall afternoon there

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Omaha, Nebraska
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11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Every time I fly into Albany, I stop by the Shaker Meeting House and gift shop. My first visit was an interesting and informative tour of the Shaker site and history. Since then, I've visited to stock up on the wonderful dried herbs of all kinds. They make an ordinary dish very special and are great gifts.

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Twice yearly (July and September) the Heritage Society hosts a Shaker Fair at their Colonie location. There are the usual craft vendors and such and a small selection of food for purchase. While this isn't a fancy/huge fair, they do put together some lovely offerings and just strolling around the grounds is worth it. Awesome photo ops everywhere you look... More 

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We came on a beautiful day in June 2014. While the outbuildings are somewhat ramshackle, the main building (meeting hall) with the museum was pretty well kept. The artifacts in the one-room museum were interesting and described well. We watched the video (about 15 minutes?) which was informative. The two highlights of our visit, though, were the staff and the... More 

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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit. We also offer a mobile tour and augmented reality for smart phone users (includes photos, music, maps etc.) We will pass along your comments to our gift shop volunteer--our volunteers are GREAT!! You may want to check out our digital reconstruction of the historic site, which... More 

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65 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I was with a friend on a mission to look for SNOWY OWLS near the Albany Airport. We just happened to see the Shaker Heritage Society and I suggested we drive in and just have a look at the old buildings. We were surprised to find that one building (the former meeting house) was open to the public. We went... More 

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Sherrill, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Owned by Albany County and run by the Shaker Historical Society, this is the Mother Farm of the Shaker Movement in the United States, coming from the UK. Having said that, there has been little development on the part of the county and the Historical Society does what it can, but buildings are beginning to show wear. It is hoped... More 

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