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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum is located within the perimeters of the only active and functioning Shaker Community in the world. The museum was first organized in 1931 by Sisters Iona Sedgley and Ethel Peacock in hopes of educating the public about the "truths" of Shakerism. Thousands of visitors have come to explore this unique and sacred place of work and worship. Six of the 18 existing structures at Sabbathday Lake are open to the public. Throughout these buildings there are twenty-seven exhibit rooms which explore a continuum of over 200 years of Shaker heritage in the Maine Communities. We request that all visitors remember that this site is a home and to respect the privacy and work schedules of the Shaker Community. With the exceptions of the Shaker Store and Museum Visitors' Center, access to any building is restricted by guided tour only. 1-hour guided tours leave our Visitors' Center every hour on the half hour beginning at 10:30am with the last tour leaving at 3:15pm. The Shaker Museum is open from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. Open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm EST. Please note that the Museum and grounds are closed on Sundays but Sunday Meeting worship is open to the public. We offer a full schedule of workshops, concerts, and special events throughout the year, please visit our website for our full calendar of events.
Naples, ME
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2012

Interesting historically. Beautiful grounds, well-kept. Lovely gardens. Lots of info about herbs and the Shakers.

2 Thank Sandy L
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Gorham, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very educational, great experience, great family outing.”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

I am amazed at the Shaker culture as a whole. The village is like taking a trip down memory lane where life is simplistic, pure and divine. I am disappointed that there were not more handmade items to buy at the Christmas fair by the shakers themselves. Highly recommend spending an afternoon there.

3 Thank Donna M
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Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“History Set Within A Picturesque Setting”
Reviewed February 27, 2012

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community in New Gloucester is a peaceful, historic treasure set amongst the
beautiful Maine landscape... workshops, special events, nature walks, a gift shop, concerts,
one is sure to find themselves captivated by the serene place called Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.

Visited March 2011
2 Thank redtoes1
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Portland, ME
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fascinating part of Americana”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

The Shaker experience in this country certainly made an impression on our visual arts. The last of the believers keep the spirit alive (and make great fudge).

1 Thank seadog17
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Level 6 Contributor
204 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Check it out”
Reviewed January 2, 2012

The view in the fall is stunning. The shop has cute home made items. We went for apple festival and got a yummy home made apple pie,bushel of apples, home made pickles and fresh bread. The museum is interesting. It's worth a visit.

Visited November 2011
1 Thank newenglandgrl27
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