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Shaker Heritage Society

25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY
518-456-7890
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Ranked #20 of 33 attractions in Albany
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany International Airport, the historic site features nine Shaker buildings, an herb... more » 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. « less
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English first
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287 reviews 287 reviews
50 attraction reviews
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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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Latham, New York
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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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Florida
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12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I've been interested in the Shakers since writing a research paper in high school MANY years ago. Glad to have finally visitied a Shaker site. Exhibit/museum was small but interesting. Hope they can raise the funds to expand and restore more buildings. Since the visit is free, be sure to support them with a donation! A literal minute from the... More

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. We are working closely with Albany County (which has owned the property since the Shakers left in 1925), to revitalize the historic site. You will be glad to know that we have plans for several building rehabilitation projects. We also have a digital reconstruction of the historic site called Virtual Watervliet... More

Poole
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

The visit should take about 90 minutes and longer if you get a chance to speak to the staff, who are very knowledgable and friendly. There is a one room exhibit in the Meeting House and there are blue signs on all the other buildings that explain their former use. The cemetary is about 1/2 mile down the road and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The meeting house is in good shape and has a good historical exhibit, but the highlight was the staffer who spent a great deal of time with us patiently answering questions and providing interesting historical details. There's no tour, but you can get a map and walk the grounds. Unfortunately, none of the other buildings are open, but you still... More

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Camp Hill
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

On Sunday of Labor Day Weekend it was closed. Then I discovered that it was only open Saturdays. There should be more interpretation outside for those of us who travel through the area.

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

We are so sorry that we missed you! The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30am-4pm. February through October. From late Oct through mid-Dec. we are open Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm. We are closed in January. We wish that we could be open more hours too. Small museums work hard to serve the public but our staffing resources are very limited. We... More

Rainbow Lake, New York, United States
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30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This small, often overlooked museum, located across from the Albany Airport is a real find. There is a restored meeting house with informative signs around the room. One can get a small sense of what the Shaker way of life in the past must have been like. There is a fine gift shop with books and many Shaker items for... More

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Upstate NY
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We took our Girl Scout troop to the site and it was ok. The history of how it came about is incredibly interesting, but there isn't a whole lot to see. I wish there had been a little more.

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

We offer several programs for Girl Scouts that include visiting our farm animals and hands-on activities such as weaving that reflect the daily life of children who grew up in the Shaker community. Perhaps your group was unaware of these opportunities. In response to your comment, we will work harder to ensure that everyone is aware of those opportunities as... More

Madison, Wisconsin
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

The place is in disarray and buildings are falling apart.

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

Thank you for your comment. It is true that many of the buildings need significant stabilization work and the site does look neglected. However, Shaker Heritage Society is actively working to remedy that problem. In November of 2010, we obtained a long term lease from Albany County, which has owned the Site since 1925. The lease allows us to secure... More

Darien, Connecticut
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191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Follow the signs to Albany Airport and you're a minute from this historic site. Well worth visiting. This is where the Shakers first. Got established in the US and while it's nowhere as big and extensive a exhibit as Hancock Mass, the old Meeting House has a small museum and an interesting gift shop. There's a July Crafts Fair and... More

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