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Saint Joseph's Abbey

167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA
508-885-8700
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Spencer
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: St. Joseph's Abbey was founded in 1950 by monks of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly called Trappists. Work and prayer are the... 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
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18 helpful votes 18 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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Ohio
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119 reviews 119 reviews
32 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
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11 reviews 11 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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Ottawa, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

St. Joseph's Abbey is a wonderful place for a respite from a busy life. I love to come here and listen to the monks' chant, spend time in quiet prayer in the chapel, enjoy the beautiful views, and visit the gift shop where I never fail to find a book - or seven - to inspire my spiritual studies. The... More

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Quinebaug, Connecticut
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Relaxing, restful, spiritual place with gorgeous views. It is a beautiful place for a retreat by yourself or with others.

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