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Address: 447 Nh Route 4a, Enfield, NH 03748-3503
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
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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.

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Interesting history lesson

This was a nice overview of the history of the shakers that lived in this area. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave a great tour of the main building. We also got to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Joy G
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Plaistow, New Hampshire
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Plaistow, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a nice overview of the history of the shakers that lived in this area. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave a great tour of the main building. We also got to talk to two of the people that were actively working on the restoration of one of the other buildings on the property. It was neat... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite being a smaller Shaker museum, the grandeur of the building makes up for that. We stayed overnight in the dormitory rooms upstairs which albeit spartan, it's a superb experience to have.

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Bakerton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very nice volunteer took us on a 30 minute tour of the large shaker dwelling. We bought several things at the giftshop that was quite cute. A very historic place and loads to see. Wish we had more time on a rainy day to look around.

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Canaan, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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.

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Lyme, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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.

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Greenfield MA
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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 

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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 

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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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