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Address: 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY
Phone Number: 518-456-7890
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Description: 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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Albany, New York, United States
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Albany, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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.

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Amsterdam, New York
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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!

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Upstate NY
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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 

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Queens, New York
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Shaker Heritage Society

Address: 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY
Phone Number: 518-456-7890
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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