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Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury, NH
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
Description: This village showcases the life of the Shakers, including their inventions and authentic cuisine.
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English first
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

With twenty one buildings to look at and a very informative guided tour, it is an educational experience well worth it. What is also impressive is the quality of their workmanship and their skills in making highly functional tools, equipment and furniture. Really enjoyed this visit.

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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

I really didn't know what to expect and I didn't know a lot about the Shaker's before coming but I'm so glad I went here. The guided tour from Dan was brilliant he explained everything and could answer any questions. Learnt so much and I couldn't believe how quick the time went. When to the next to the car park... More

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We were fortunate to have a guide whose parents had worked for the Shakers and who had lived on site from the 50's to the 90's. The insight was invaluable. We also enjoyed the documentary at the visitor centre. I purchased an oval sewing box, the craftsmanship was amazing.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful day out here. The village was amazing. The tour guides were really knowledgeable and one of them had lived in the village when it was a working village. The shakers movement has all but died out now and it is fascinating to be able to hear the stories of how they lived and to see their... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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142 reviews 142 reviews
83 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Canterbury Shaker Village was one of a number of Shaker communities founded in the 19th century. The last surviving Sister in this community died in 1992. However, prior to that time a non-profit organization was established in 1969 to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. Canterbury Shaker Village is an internationally known, non-profit museum and historic site with 25... More

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Top Contributor
505 reviews 505 reviews
221 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Had some time to kill on drive from the white mountains region to Portsmouth. The road to the village is a little daunting, narrow and winding and , after the extremely harsh winter we had, full of potholes and bumps. But it was well worth it. We have been to Shaker settlements in Massachusetts and Kentucky an so are familiar... More

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Meredith, New Hampshire
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I have visited the Canterbury Shaker Village on a number of occasions and I always see or learn something new. A simple life style yet they embraced and used any new technology that was available. They had a common sense and elegant approach to making the various necessities of life; furniture, stoves, brooms, etc. I was touch by the stories... More

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

My wife & I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the grounds and houses. The lady who was our tour guide was helpful & informative and she was happy to chat with us once her official tour duties had finished. The Shakers selflessness, inventiveness & beliefs were fascinating to discover but it was so sad to hear how their policy of... More

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Northeast England
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91 reviews 91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We targeted this place hile driving between Burlington Vermont and Portmouth New Hamphire and were glad we made the detour (take a sat nav, its a bit difficult to find). We had our lunch in the little cafe over the road from the main village (all part of the same attraction) and had a delicious and well priced salad and... More

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
44 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Didn't really know what to expect but glad we stayed for the tour. Guide explained everything very fast but covered so much ground and made it interesting. Tour around the buildings fascinating and shows what the Shakers have brought to civilisation even if some of their beliefs are not mainstream. Really enjoyable couple of hours.

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