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Address: Harvard, MA
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Activities: Getting married
Description: This complex comprises four separate museums, showcasing...
This complex comprises four separate museums, showcasing Transcendentalists, Shakers, Native Americans and American paintings.
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Magnificent location for a wedding!

My daughter's wedding at Fruitlands last fall....absolutely gorgeous setting. Dozens of guests commented on the beautiful setting and incredible views ....including the sunset... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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New Hartford, Connecticut
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New Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My daughter's wedding at Fruitlands last fall....absolutely gorgeous setting. Dozens of guests commented on the beautiful setting and incredible views ....including the sunset. Wedding organizer did at fabulous job with every detail. It could not have been a better day and night!!

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lots of new knowledge imparted by the doyens in each building. Beautiful location with well maintained trails.

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delaware
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57 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Visiting Fruitlands Museum was a highlight of our New England trip that centered around a wedding elsewhere. First, the employees are knowledgeable and engaging. The woman at the first building after you buy a ticket gave us an orientation of the founding of the utopian experiment. We then explored the other buildings, spending a good amount of time exploring the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This wedding spot allows for a cliff tops ceremony over looking a valley of trees- the tent for the reception is the most opulent tent I have ever seen:)

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The 360 degree panoramic view at the Fruitland Museum is what makes this place special. The museum contains 7+ small buildings each represents a subject which you learn something unique. This is not Metropolitan so do not come here expecting too much. Come here if you want to be with nature, breathe fresh air, enjoy small hikes and relax with... More 

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Norton, MA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I organized this trip. My small group of friends went here in late June for the day. None of us had ever been to Fruitlands before. My friends live in the opposite sides of the state and I needed to find a location in the middle of the state. Harvard was an ideal location and very easy to find off... More 

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Boston
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233 reviews 233 reviews
117 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

As you arrive there are gorgeous views over a valley, with Mt. Wachusetts and Mt. Monadnock on the horizon. the docent in the Visitors Center was very informative, regarding the history of the museum and its fascinating founder, Clara Sears. . There are a number of really interesting museums including a Native American Gallery and a Shaker Museum. For the... More 

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Boston, MA
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I visited on a rainy Sunday and didn't really know what to expect. We'd driven by the sign on rt 2 so many times but finally decided to visit. We started the trip with brunch outside in the tent and were delighted by the view, Mimosas and food! Fresh local ingredients, gorgeous vista, and quick service. We... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Fruitlands, site of a utopian community founded by Bronson Alcott et al lasted less than a year but the museum, in its several buildings, tells the history of the experiment, of the lives of those who lived here, and has an excellent exhibit on Shakers in the nearby community. Beautiful setting. Lunch at the cafe pleasant, especially outside. Very educational.... More 

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Keene, New Hampshire
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42 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Wow, this 210 acre gem was incredible. It all started with our admission tickets - we got a discount for being seniors, then add'l discount for AAA and lastly my wife got in for free because she was a teacher. The museum is divided into four parts: Art Gallery, Native-American, Shaker, Alcott Farmhouse. The docents in each Museum were helpful... More 

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