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Address: 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY
Phone Number: 518-456-7890
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Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany...

Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany International Airport, the historic site features nine Shaker buildings, an herb garden, apple orchard and cemetery where Shaker founder, Ann Lee is buried. The 1848 Shaker Meeting House contains a small museum and gift shop. Hiking trails are available at the adjacent Ann Lee Pond Wildlife Preserve.

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Tuesday Morning

We had previosly visited a Shaker Community in New Hapshire, and had a great time., So we decided to try this. The film in the visitor center is well-worth viewing. Basi9cally it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
Tom B
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Colonie, New York
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The site of the original Shaker settlement.... and of Ann Lee's burial... is till under development, but worth a look if you're in the area. The "Museum" is slight but the site includes a Shaker meeting house in good shape, a beautiful Shaker garden and they host occasional special events that are worth it. Seeking grants and donations for further... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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216 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a surprise to find this Shaker site so close to the Albany Airport! Easy to reach if you have a car, it is well maintained and full of interesting information!

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Thank Kathyindenver
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! Hope you had a safe trip back home. More 

North Dighton, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have been on the Shaker Trail in New England and NY, this is a must stop. If for no other reason, to visit Ann Lee's resting place. The Shakers were know for their isolated settlements, so it is a bit of a shock to be across the street from the Albany International Airport on one side and a... More 

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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. You are likely to be glad to hear that plans for restoring the Shaker buildings and the former Ann Lee Nursing Home (the "derilict hospital" that you mention was built in 1930--just a few years after the airport) are well underway. We absolutely agree that the site is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My party and I were sorely disappointed with our visit. It was a stop on a whim, and when we arrived, already being shaker history fanatics, we were totally disappointed. The lack of information and little guide as to what we could actually see, as well as many of the buildings being treacherous to even go near, it seems like... More 

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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that your group was disappointed by the historic site. We have many Shaker enthusiasts who travel great distances to visit the first Shaker community and to see the grave of Mother Ann Lee and most are quite satisfied. However, it is true that many of the remaining Shaker buildings need extensive stabilization work. You... More 

Wayne, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a real nice stop to see a bygone era. Well done film and great gift shop. Very friendly staff. A really peaceful place to spend some time.

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Thank Leigh B
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

very well done historic site highlighting shakers. Great fr kids. wonderful display of lifestyle and of their distinctive furniture

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Thank Louis G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

This is a good site to travel to in the Albany area. Very important piece of history that is sometimes overlooked.

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Thank James A
Delmar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This is a go to site for out of town visitors. Especially families. The film is good and just right in length. The grounds allow kids to be boisterous . Pay it a visit on a nice day.

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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We have oxen on-site during the summer including the rare and endangered Kerry Cow (they are small, black oxen). They go to a farm during the winter but come back as soon as the pasture grass is tall enough for them. We also have chickens and turkeys on site and a lovely herb garden. There are... More 

Palm Coast, Florida
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238 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

This place is so good to spend the day and walk around learning about the Shaker's way to live. I really enjoyed to visit this place

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Thank MariaCFC
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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483 reviews
205 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We had previosly visited a Shaker Community in New Hapshire, and had a great time., So we decided to try this. The film in the visitor center is well-worth viewing. Basi9cally it is a self-guided tour of the grounds. Peaceful, informative way to spend an hour or so.

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Thank Tom B
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! We also have a lot of on-line resources including a digital reconstruction of the historic site called Virtual Watervliet, which you can Google or find on our website shakerheritage dot org. We hope that you will come visit again. You may have missed the herb garden, apple orchard, hiking trails around Ann Lee Pond... More 

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