We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
Phone Number: +1 603-632-4346
Website
Today
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 37 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Melancholy slice of history

The Shakers are all but gone, but the guides bring the experience to life. It's sad to see that most of the structures are sold off, the land around it built up as McMansions and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Biff S
,
Canaan, New Hampshire
Add Photo Write a Review

37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 37: English reviews
Canaan, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Shakers are all but gone, but the guides bring the experience to life. It's sad to see that most of the structures are sold off, the land around it built up as McMansions and the last three Shaker women left are in Maine. It makes one think. Definitely worth the trip.

Helpful?
Thank Biff S
Lyme, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice guide who had lots of little details to add to the regular tour. he was also very receptive to questions. the museum store is also lovely. The place was immaculate and if it had been better weather i would have explored the adjacent gardens.

Helpful?
Thank criedleaving
Greenfield MA
Level Contributor
158 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Hubby and I enjoy learning Shaker history and just attending a weekend Forum at this Museum. It's a great place to spend a couple of hours and really learn a piece of American history that so many don't know. The exhibits are excellent, and you'll enjoy a great tour. There's a short hike or two available, and in the summer,... More 

Helpful?
Thank DrSharonGreenfieldMA
2 reviews
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 

Helpful?
Thank Vicki G
Rutland, Vermont
Level Contributor
115 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank VermontStrong
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Level Contributor
297 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank Dr_QBatonRouge
Amherst, Massachusetts
1 review
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 

Helpful?
Thank Kathy2811
Level Contributor
118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
1 Thank Travelfrquently
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
115 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
1 Thank mzungu333
Grantham, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank DorcieMitchell

Travelers who viewed Enfield Shaker Museum also viewed

 

Been to Enfield Shaker Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Enfield Shaker Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?