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Canterbury Shaker Village

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Address: Canterbury, NH
Phone Number: 603-783-9511
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
Description: This village showcases the life of the Shakers, including their inventions...
This village showcases the life of the Shakers, including their inventions and authentic cuisine.
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Historical and Interesting Site

The Village itself was closed for tours (still very cold in NH), but after visiting with the Visitors Center which was open, we decided to ride and walk about the grounds. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Crown Point, Indiana
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Crown Point, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Village itself was closed for tours (still very cold in NH), but after visiting with the Visitors Center which was open, we decided to ride and walk about the grounds. The visitors center person gave us a lot of information about the Shakers and this property, so the self tour of the grounds was most interesting. We would certainly... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We really enjoyed our time at the Shaker Village. Our guided was well informed and entertaining. We all learned quite a lot. For those that find standing a lot a problem, it may be helpful to know that several places along the tour seating was available for resting. We were happy to find that there is a visitor center with... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
29 helpful votes 29 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
101 helpful votes 101 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
14 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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