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Address: 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY
Phone Number: 518-456-7890
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Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany...

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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Tuesday Morning

We had previosly visited a Shaker Community in New Hapshire, and had a great time., So we decided to try this. The film in the visitor center is well-worth viewing. Basi9cally it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
Tom B
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Palm Coast, Florida
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is so good to spend the day and walk around learning about the Shaker's way to live. I really enjoyed to visit this place

Thank MariaCFC
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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389 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We had previosly visited a Shaker Community in New Hapshire, and had a great time., So we decided to try this. The film in the visitor center is well-worth viewing. Basi9cally it is a self-guided tour of the grounds. Peaceful, informative way to spend an hour or so.

Thank Tom B
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! We also have a lot of on-line resources including a digital reconstruction of the historic site called Virtual Watervliet, which you can Google or find on our website shakerheritage dot org. We hope that you will come visit again. You may have missed the herb garden, apple orchard, hiking trails around Ann Lee Pond... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Well made crafts in a country setting. Reasonably priced and something for everyone. You must totally check out the pie stand. 20 plus varieties of pies . It was great than have a cold fresh squeezed lemonade next booth. We bought fancy hand made dish towels and hand made kitchen ware. Also they do have some nostalgia and history of... More 

1 Thank peter p
Albany, New York, United States
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Shaker life needs to be better known and that so many lived in the near Albany area. I took advantage of a talk on Black Shakers which was very informative.

3 Thank Jacqui W
Amsterdam, New York
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

They offer beautiful perennial gardens and a wonderful gift shop of Shaker and other unique items. Passionate volunteer staff assist in helping you buy more than planned!

Thank Ginmint63
Upstate NY
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91 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

There are actually four Shaker sites in NY/MA! The first Shaker site was the Watervliet Shaker community in Colonie, NY, right next to the Albany Int'l Airport. It was founded by Mother Ann Lee herself as the first settlement of her group, and she is buried in the cemetery at the Watervliet site. Unfortuneately, when the Shakers diminished in number... More 

4 Thank MarthaJulia
Queens, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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.

Thank Jimbo_Queens_NewYork
Pocasset, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank RoundRusty
Erie, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 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 

4 Thank Barry D
Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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