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Address: 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
Phone Number: +1 603-632-4346
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Nestled in a valley between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake, in Enfield...

Nestled in a valley between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake, in Enfield, New Hampshire, the Enfield Shaker site has been cherished for over 200 years. At its peak in the mid 19th century, the community was home to three "Families" of Shakers. They practiced equality of the sexes and races, celibacy, pacifism and communal ownership of property. Shakers farmed over 3,000 acres of land, educated children in model schools and worshiped in the "Shaker Way." Today, their story is preserved by the Enfield Shaker Museum. • Tour the Great Stone Dwelling, the largest Shaker dwelling house ever constructed and home to the Museum. • Discover a world of faith and harmony through the Museum's collection of Shaker furniture, tools, clothing, photographs and agricultural implements. • Explore the Museum's herb and flower gardens, fields and hills. • Enjoy exhibits, special programs, concerts, guided tours and craft demonstrations. • Hike to the Shaker Feast Ground for a spectacular vista of the Shaker Village nestled along Mascoma Lake. • Shop at the Gift Shop, filled with Shaker-inspired reproductions, books, local crafts and farm products, as well as products from the Museum's renowned herb garden.

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Unique and historic irreplaceable treasure!

We LOVED this place. Such a special and authentic slice of our history. Fabulous location with spectacular period buildings and the caretakers do a really fine job of taking care... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
Vicki G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We LOVED this place. Such a special and authentic slice of our history. Fabulous location with spectacular period buildings and the caretakers do a really fine job of taking care of this treasure. We stayed in the great Stone building and felt like we were a part of history. We loved the feel - wonderful restoration and furnishings. And such... More 

Thank Vicki G
Rutland, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Wonderful place to visit for the entire family. Depicts a different culture and time and provides insight into history.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The staff could not be friendlier or more helpful. We particularly appreciated that it is a self-guided walking tour, so that we could spend as much or as little time as we liked in any given location. The gift shop has a range of items in a range of prices, many of them handmade.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Our tour guide, Joe Frazer, was extremely knowledgeable and informative on the Enfield Shakers. We also had a memorable overnight stay in the Great Stone Dwelling. The Director, Delores Struckhoff, was hospitable and made us feel very welcome. Our room was clean, very quiet and furnished with reproduction Shaker furniture. We would encourage others who are are interested in Shaker... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The Enfield Shaker Museum is worth the trip to see a shaker community and how they lived. The las 3 remaining Shaker women are at another settlement in Maine. The Shakers were hardy, very industrious business people, and inventors. The lived in a communal style all helping each other. The docents have a lot of knowledge about this group, and... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My wife and I have visited five Shaker villages, four of which are restored and have docents for the visitors to those villages. The Shaker Museum in Enfield, New Hampshire is a different experience. This is a museum with more history than the restored villages. Although we love the other Shaker Villages of Pleasant Hill in KY, Sabbath Day Lake... More 

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Grantham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Our historical past in this country has often rated sex as something not very spiritual when taken to the extreme the believers of this viewpoint can cease to exist. Most people today (2015 ) have a healthier viewpoint and greatly value their SEXUAL experiences with those they love and care about. Marriages based on love, care and protection bring happines... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Some of the buildings are gone, some are derelict, and the main one -- the Great Stone House -- is beaten up and has been stripped of almost all of its Shaker character. The tour is a bit spotty and Ill-informed. And many nearby, often private, buildings, have been transformed beyond recognition. Try the Shaker village in Hancock, Massachusetts instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Great Stone Dwelling is home to the Museum. The Museum displays a collection of Shaker furniture, tools, clothing, photographs and agricultural items.In summer months, visitors can explore the herb and flower gardens as well as enjoy the exhibits, special programs, concerts and guided tours The Enfield Shaker Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The shaker "compound" covers quite and area. I'm so glad that it has been preserved for posterity as there are no living Shakers left in America (or anywhere else - that I know of). I can remember when the numbered less than 60, that was when I was a young teen and then the last two sisters died off in... More 

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