Canterbury Shaker Village

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Canterbury Shaker Village
4.5
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Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc., is an internationally-known non-profit museum founded in 1969 to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. Designated as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural integrity and significance, the Village has 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit.
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Anne O
Chester, UK287 contributions
A taste of times gone by
Oct 2019
We came upon this by chance as we drove south from the White Mountains on Route 93. It was well worth the detour. There are optional tours but you can walk round at your own pace and there’s plenty of information at each of the buildings. It was so interesting and gave us a feel for a life that was very different to our own.
Written January 27, 2020
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traveling_with_kathy
Lake Stevens, WA1,080 contributions
Closed, but still walked around village
Jan 2020 • Solo
Unfortunately the December day I stopped in the Canterbury Shaker Village was closed, but I still walked around the property looking at the buildings. It was a beautiful and peaceful visit with only the sound of chirping birds. I will definitely stop by another time during the year when open to see inside the buildings.
Written December 31, 2019
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Sabine F
Shawnee, KS176 contributions
Must visit in the Fall
Oct 2019
On a lovely fall day the Canterbury Shaker Village is glorious. The tour is comprehensive and informative. Each building represents Shaker life from long ago and over the years. The most lovely pond with beautiful trees in full fall colors is magnificent. There is a lovely walking trail and lots of places to sit. The food at the Cafe is rather good but pricey.
Written November 11, 2019
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Ron Trahan
Stratham, NH160 contributions
Three hours well spent on a gorgeous fall afternoon
Oct 2019 • Couples
Beautiful grounds, 200-year-old historic buildings, and photo opportunities galore. Not inexpensive at $19 per person, nevertheless good value. Cute little cafe serves modest yet comfortable simple food.
Written October 21, 2019
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Geoffrey E
London, UK446 contributions
Super history trip well delivered
Oct 2019 • Couples
We did not expect to visit a Shaker Village today, in truth we had never heard of Shakers, an offshoot of Quakers from England. Shame on us.

Anyway this is a delightful place to visit from the short video to the excellent guided tour.

The buildings are spectacular as is the run through time as the Shakers invented new ways to save time and effort in daily tasks.

I recommend a couple of hours for this visit. Time well spent.

Oh and the foliage on the way is breathtaking. In the fall of course.
Written October 16, 2019
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Lilhane
Sheffield, UK400 contributions
History
Oct 2019 • Couples
It is a interesting place to visit if you like history and if you would like to know the Shaker’s life, their rules, houses and how the religious group that did incredible things did not survive.
Written October 6, 2019
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Anne
San Diego, CA26 contributions
Worth the visit
Sep 2019
Even in the rain, this tour was quite interesting. The Shakers' discipline, love and other-centered values were thought provoking.
Written September 25, 2019
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Howard M
DeLand, FL48 contributions
Good History Tour
Sep 2019 • Couples
Not the type of tour we normally take, but it was scheduled by our group leader. Knew nothing about the Shakers so we found their history very interesting. Old original buildings with lots of creative engineering.
Written September 23, 2019
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tweetybird123
Brookfield, CT36 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2019
M Husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the Shaker Village. We are in to history, this was a bit out of the way but a beautiful day for a day in the country!
We learned quite a bit about the Shaker community from a WONDERFUL man-
(Bill N) who is a museum volunteer in the infirmary.
He is a walking book of knowledge, friendly and has a lot of passion for his volunteer position. While walking the grounds, we ran in to Bill, and he didn't hesitate to answer questions. We did not do the walking tour, but we were disappointed , besides the infirmary all the other buildings were self guided.
Unless your starving, you will be diaapointed with lunch. All we could find was prepared cold cut sanwiches ,Turkey or Ham, but the bread was delicious > Tasted home made but turns out it was from a local grocery store
Written September 5, 2019
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Ron S
North Dighton, MA184 contributions
Fascinating look at the New England past. Prepare ahead of time or you will probably be disappointed.
Jul 2019
Go to the library and get a book on the shakers or go on line youtube, etc. Even better is Ken Burns did a 1 hour show that is available for free if you are an Amazon Prime dude.... Immerse yourself in living the life of a Shaker in the 1800's and 1900's THEN go to Canterbury.and take an organized tour. It is absolutely amazing to walk in their steps.... If you don't prepare, all you will see is a bunch of old buildings. But what's really there is 225 years of a communal life style.... ( listen up you '60.s Hippies... ) that actually just ended a few decades ago.... You want to see religious freedom, women's equality, American exceptionalism, racial equality, Hard work bringing rewards, true independence, no husbands and wives, etc ... Go for it!!
Written August 24, 2019
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