I'd read about this little slice of history and it was only 30 minutes from Freeport, so we wanted to stop. This village was built by the little-known religious community of Shakers. They settled here in the late 1700's and are still working the farm and lands today. The amazing thing to know is that there are only 3 Shakers left in the world, and they are right here in Maine! I disagree with those who say that this village isn't worth the trip. I think it is definitely worth it, and take the tour as it is a must. Yes, you only are allowed into two buildings, but the hour-long tour is a wealth of historical information about a religion with only three members left, in the world. The Shakers are celibate, and you must ask to join, and then live there for a "internship" before being accepted; thus the reason, we guess, for the decline in membership. There is a gift shop and great little museum. If you are familiar with simple, clean lines of Shaker furniture, it originated with this religious group. We thought it was a special place, a surprise that should not be kept a secret and we were so glad to visit this unique village.
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