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Saint Joseph's Abbey

Address: 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA
Phone Number: 508-885-8700
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Spencer
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Boston, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Have lived in central Massachusetts for much of my life and I had never been to the Abbey. I finally made it a priority to visit and I am so glad I did. When I drove up the hill and saw the beautiful Abbey I couldn't believe this hidden gem is located in Spencer, MA. Such a wonderful place to... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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72 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

You wind up the road to the Abbey, 20 miles an hour, surrounded by dense forest and suddenly there are meadows and a huge stone chapel. It's silent, it's gorgeous, it's peaceful. Stay for a moment or more, then chat with wonderful Fr. Thomas Aquinas at the gift shop, serving the Trappists for over 60 years. He's delightful, good sales... More 

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Granville, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited this Catholic monastery hoping to look at the Spencer brewery, making the first and only Trappist ale outside Belgium. Sadly, no tours are allowed as the abbey brothers are cloistered. Hence, while everyone was quite friendly and the grounds were beautiful, there was not much open for viewing. A visitors chapel allows a limited look at the inside... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Beautiful church beautiful views. Went to the gift shop to start then up to the abbey church. Purchased the whipped cinnamon honey. Wonderful. Stopped by the spirit stir and bought the trappist beer made at the abbey. It is amust purchase

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121 reviews 121 reviews
33 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Nice grounds, nice church. Quiet, peaceful Have a gift shop with lots of catholic literature. This is where the monks make their Trappist ale, you cannot go to the Brewery, but it is made here.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Made a brief visit on a gorgeous late-summer day. Gift shop yielded cards, caramels and honey. Beautiful grounds. Friends stopped in at chapel; I enjoyed the hill-top view. And now I know where my delicious raspberry jam is made!

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Cambridge, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Beautiful pastoral scenery with access to the monestary chapel for quiet contemplation. Clergy were friendly and helpful. I have always loved their jams and am looking forward to tasting their ale.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A sacred site with old world ambience, surrounded by lovely hills and woods. Also boasts a fine religious bookstore...and have you ever tried their beer?

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

A beautiful view on any day, but expecially in fall and winter, the Abbey offers quiet walks, a visitor's chapel where several services are held during the day, and a gift shop that offers everything one needs to maintain their spirituality. They also offer foodstuffs such as their world famous jams and jellies, fudge, and other treats from other Trappist... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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95 reviews 95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

There wasn't much to see at the top near the Abby Church. One can only view the interior from the visitor's pews on the side of the alter. The estate was very peaceful as it was far away from the highway. We purchased jam at the gift shop down at the entrance on the highway.

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