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“Lovely small picture of Shaker lifestyle, good place to stay”

Enfield Shaker Museum
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Enfield
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Richmond, Virginia
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“Lovely small picture of Shaker lifestyle, good place to stay”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is a small Shaker museum, smaller than others such as Pleasant Hill (KY) and Hancock Shaker Village (MA). Its centerpiece is the Great Stone Dwelling, built around 1840 for the Shakers and the largest dwelling house they ever built. The tour was very informative about the lives of the Enfield Shaker community. There are a few other buildings on site that you can walk through or around - the Brethren's workshop, the dairy/laundry, the 1854 barn, an old stone mill. Also a beautiful decommissioned church built around 1930 when the Catholic church owned the property. We were there for a needlework retreat, so stayed there for four days (the Great Stone Dwelling is available for groups as lodging). Rooms were clean and spacious, although some bathrooms are a bit cramped. It was very peaceful to stay there. Would be an excellent venue for a family reunion or wedding (I believe there are 28 guestrooms).

Visited November 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Stop in while passing on I-89”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Museum is located in the Great House built in the 1800's at the Shaker site. Tour will show you how they lived and explain their history and their involvement in the area. Interesting sliver of history for what seems a peculiar notion when viewed from out time.

Visited July 2012
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Concord, New Hampshire
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“worth the trip”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

There are some beautiful rooms to admire here: quintessentially Shaker. The tour is definitely worth it, even if the site seems smaller than some of the other Shaker museums.

Visited May 2011
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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“If only they were open as stated”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

In the low season you should call in advance since they might not be open as stated their own web site. So very disappointing...

Visited April 2012
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Acushnet, Massachusetts
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“engaging visit”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

visited during slow season and was afforded a wonderful guided tour by two very knowledgeable and interesting guides. was able to view the great stone building in its entirety, and got a unique perspective of the shakers and the architecture contained within the building.

The Enfield Shaker village is smaller in size and scope than those of Hancock or Canterbury, but if you enjoy shaker history then plan a visit here..plan on staying two hours or so, and you wont be disapointed.

Visited March 2012
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