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Shaker Heritage Society

25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY
518-456-7890
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Ranked #14 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
New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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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Blacksburg, Virginia
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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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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
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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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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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46 helpful votes 46 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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NY
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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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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

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