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Address: 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY
Phone Number: +1 518-456-7890
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Tue - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
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Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany...

Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany International Airport, the historic site features nine Shaker buildings, an herb garden, apple orchard and cemetery where Shaker founder, Ann Lee is buried. The 1848 Shaker Meeting House contains a small museum and gift shop. Hiking trails are available at the adjacent Ann Lee Pond Wildlife Preserve.

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An airline schedule curtained the time I had to visit. From the short time I was there I found the area to be incredibly inviting and filled with a wonderful history of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kevin P
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Salina, Kansas
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Salina, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An airline schedule curtained the time I had to visit. From the short time I was there I found the area to be incredibly inviting and filled with a wonderful history of the Shakers. I've done some research since being there and am anxious to return and spend the extended amount time this place deserves for a proper visit.

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Albany, NY
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I definitely visit again. It was educational and I learned a lot about the Shakers. The gift store was nice as well. Quaint place near the airport.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent about an hour here and really enjoyed it! A small museum plus a very large gift shop with so many wonderful items! We couldn't leave empty-handed. The grounds are nice and the buildings are interested. Learn a little about Mother Ann and the Shakers (not a band)!

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Thank catcramer
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! You can also check out our digital reconstruction of the historic site. It is called Virtual Watervliet and you can find it at ShakerHeritage dot org. It includes 3D models of Shaker buildings, music, biographies and then and now photos! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Lovely grounds, herb garden, cemetery where Shaker founder Ann Lee is buried. Welcoming staff, informative video and exhibit. Gift shop with Shaker herbs and oval boxes. Bring a picnic!

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Thank Marina D
Redmond, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of the original sites of the Shakers. The museum is in the old meeting hall. There's a short film in the history of the Shakers. There are exhibits showing some of the Shaker crafts. A gift shop has reproductions of some of the Shaker items. The grounds around the museum have several of the original Shaker buildings... More 

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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the site of the first Shaker community. We also have walking trails around Ann Lee Pond. All the property is owned by Albany County but Shaker Heritage Society is working closely with the County to restore buildings and we are making good progress! More 

Albany, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

It is probably sacrilege that Albany County used so much of the former Shaker property for institutional purposes, but this site awaits increased interpretation to benefit visitors. You can still get a sense of how the Shaker community lived in the 19th Century, as long as you can look past the later County additions to the grounds. It is a... More 

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Thank Colin M
Colonie, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The site of the original Shaker settlement.... and of Ann Lee's burial... is till under development, but worth a look if you're in the area. The "Museum" is slight but the site includes a Shaker meeting house in good shape, a beautiful Shaker garden and they host occasional special events that are worth it. Seeking grants and donations for further... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

What a surprise to find this Shaker site so close to the Albany Airport! Easy to reach if you have a car, it is well maintained and full of interesting information!

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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! Hope you had a safe trip back home. More 

North Dighton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

If you have been on the Shaker Trail in New England and NY, this is a must stop. If for no other reason, to visit Ann Lee's resting place. The Shakers were know for their isolated settlements, so it is a bit of a shock to be across the street from the Albany International Airport on one side and a... More 

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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. You are likely to be glad to hear that plans for restoring the Shaker buildings and the former Ann Lee Nursing Home (the "derilict hospital" that you mention was built in 1930--just a few years after the airport) are well underway. We absolutely agree that the site is... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

My party and I were sorely disappointed with our visit. It was a stop on a whim, and when we arrived, already being shaker history fanatics, we were totally disappointed. The lack of information and little guide as to what we could actually see, as well as many of the buildings being treacherous to even go near, it seems like... More 

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Thank Cassie P
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that your group was disappointed by the historic site. We have many Shaker enthusiasts who travel great distances to visit the first Shaker community and to see the grave of Mother Ann Lee and most are quite satisfied. However, it is true that many of the remaining Shaker buildings need extensive stabilization work. You... More 

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