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Enfield Shaker Museum

Rte. 4A, Enfield, NH
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Enfield
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums
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English first
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A five plus story stone building dominating a campus in a very rural setting very intriguing, made all very explainable by an engaging and well informed guide. Definitely worth a detour and tour.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a wonderful surprise. We were fortunate in having the director of the facility as our guide and so were able to pepper him with questions. I knew little about this religious "sect" but left full of both knowledge and admiration. The built in drawers and huge walk-in cupboards were marvellous. The history chart in the school is really interesting... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Shaker Museum is a very nice museum--I wish we'd had more time to spend there. You should allow at least a couple of hours to make sure you see everything. They start with a nice film that provides good background and history. Educational stop--wish we could have stayed longer.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I took the guided tour and learned a lot of interesting facts about the Shakers and how they lived. The guide was very informed and the furnishing and equipment are original. They have different models of equipment as they updated things over the years.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Kate at the Enfield Shaker Museum was a very understanding and patient tour guide for a couple of people both fascinated with the Shaker way of living and their beliefs, but also very naive. Her in-depth knowledge of the Enfield community, the building design and construction and their crafts and industry gave us a practical glimpse into an innovative and... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went to Enfield early this month (July 2014). It was a complete waste of time. We've been to Canterbury (excellent) and Hancock in Massachusetts. Looked forward to Enfield - but it was awful. Person in museum shop didn't know anything - only one building to tour - no place to eat - very small shop and very few items... More

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North England
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We learnt a lot. It was very interesting, and the knowledgable staff are obviously enthusiastic about their involvement, which makes it even better to hear their comments.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

At its height in the mid-1800s, the Enfield Shaker community was home to three "families" of Shakers comprised of Brothers, Sisters, and "foster" children who lived, worked, and worshiped there. The centerpiece of this small Shaker museum is the Great Stone Dwelling House (c. 1840), the largest Shaker dwelling house ever constructed and now home to the museum and gift... More

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Hartford, CT
17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We spent 2 1/2 hours with tour guide Michael learning about the Shakers of Enfield, New Hampshire. We learned about their philosophy, dedication to G-d and work, and the beauty they surrounded themselves with. We received a "private" tour and were able to ask a lot of questions and discuss the philosophical differences between the Shakers beliefs with our own... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

This is my second to a former Shaker Colony. My first was on the grounds of ALBANY INTERNATIONAL Airport that was equally nice. The visit here was very instructional because I was lucky to get a one-on-one private tour and I asked lots of questions about the place's wood structure, its organization, its many crafts, the bridge they built across... More

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