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Canterbury Shaker Village

Address: Canterbury, NH
Phone Number: 603-783-9511
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This village showcases the life of the Shakers, including their inventions and authentic cuisine.
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This village showcases the life of the Shakers, including their inventions and authentic cuisine.
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English first
Concord, New Hampshire, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This has always been a want-to-visit place for us and we were finally able to get there. Our guide, John, was pleasant and very informative. Our walk through the grounds and several of the buildings gave him ample opportunity to describe the history of the Shakers and the current state of villages of which this is one of a few.... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I loved this shaker village. Myself and my aunt visited the Canterbury village this summer and we loved it! The guide was funny and great, the rest of the staff was friendly. The group are small so you really get to experience a different time and religion. We stayed at the walk- around museum for over 4 1/2 hours! I... More 

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Melbourne
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We arrived at 10:00am we only had limited time but joined the 11:00am tour anyway. We were glad we did. Mary our guide (only on Tuesdays) really brought the village alive with her stories and knowledge. As she as friends with the last Shakers to live at the village her personal insights are unique. Mary really made our visit and... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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134 reviews 134 reviews
72 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

On a wet day we were shown around by Dan, a softly spoken guide who was easy to listen to and who gave us a clear, simple history of the shakers from their beginnings in Manchester, England and were then able to explore independently. We were a bit restricted because of the rain but there were plenty of buildings to... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Got there at 2 PM and debated doing $17 docent-led tour at 3 PM but thought we wouldn't have sufficient time to do tour and self-guided visits. We were told that the admission was good for visits on 2 consecutive days so we viewed the Ken Burns documentary and started the self-guided portion of the visit until the guided tour... More 

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Beccles, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
14 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

If you have any interest at all in the Shakers, or indeed in American history generally, this is a wonderful place to visit. The whole visitor experience is extremely well managed and the guide that we had was very well informed, articulate and interesting. We found the experience moving and very enriching. Very highly recommended and worth travelling for -... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A 'gotta go' event.... !! We lost count of how many cars were there but suffice to say, there are cars for everyone, every decade, every manufacturer, every continent. Other than the elegant setting for a Concourse De Elegance show, the Shaker Village setting & countryside is the next best thing ! An amazing private collection of motoring history, gathered... More 

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Johns Creek, Georgia, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Visited for about 3 hours and could have stayed longer. Plan your visit there with a guide which is about 90 minutes. Our guide was Dan and he did an exceptional job in explaining the beliefs of these kind people. Yes, they had extreme views and very disciplined but very kind. Movie in the school house was interesting - a... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The introductory movie is a must see to really understand the Shaker Movement in America. Very knowledgeable guides and a well done presentation of this important part of our religious history. Coming from "Amish Country" in Pennsylvania it was interesting to compare and contrast these two religious sects. Definitely worth the trip.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

One of the best heritage sites I have ever visited. Joanne our guide was great and all the buildings we visted were interesting and informative. Very good audio visual presentation at the start and an emotional one in the school house. Our four hour visit just vanished. Worth the entry price. If you are in the area this is a... More 

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