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Shaker Heritage Society

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wonderful place if they can restore it worth going if you are in the area

I have been to 2 other shaker villages one in kentucky and one in Pitsfield Massachuttes this one... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
cautioustourist
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New York City, New York
A Good Review of Shaker History

This was the first Shaker village in the US. The main building has been restored and open to the... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2018
Hal S
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Rye, New York
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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...more
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25 Meeting House Rd, Albany, NY 12211-1004
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Reviewed 19 October 2018

Not a large village or building left as land has been sold off to the airport. Most buildings in a decayed condition and not able to enter. Some information via video at the startand some animals to see outside.

Date of experience: May 2018
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

Thank you for visiting! The property does indeed belong to Albany County, and SHS continues to work on preserving and rehabilitating the eight remaining structures. We hope you'll come back in the future and see what's new!

Reviewed 3 October 2018

I have been to 2 other shaker villages one in kentucky and one in Pitsfield Massachuttes this one needs a lot of capital to restore the old existing structures it is a shame since this movement started here. Worth noting their inventions includes the circular...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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ShakerWV, Owner at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you for your support and we're so glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to undertaking some additional restoration and stabilization work in the next two years, and our holiday craft fair begins in three weeks, so we hope you'll come back again,...More

Reviewed 28 July 2018

This was the first Shaker village in the US. The main building has been restored and open to the public. Besides the building they have a 20 minute video and a gift shop. The rest of the village is standing, but in disrepair waiting for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

I visited the first Shaker community in the US, where founder Ann Lee had her home base and is buried. It's called "Wisdom's Valley," and is a short distance from the Albany, NY airport. Interesting site, though it could use some benefactors to help the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

The Shaker Historical Society is on Mother Anne's settlement in Colonie near the airport. The meeting house is open for viewing and there are displays on the history of the shakers. I learnt a lot and the ladies in the gift shop filled me in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thanks for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! Those who want to use the mobile tour can find it on the uniguide app website. Just search for Shaker Heritage Society and download the app. We will soon be offering a...More

Reviewed 5 December 2017

This is a historic settlement from the late 1800's into the 20th century. Most of the important buildings are still in place, with a good audio tour available. During the Christmas season, they hold a very nice craft sale as well, which is always worth...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

The exhibit is one room that details the start of the Shaker Movement in America and continues through its last years. Well done. Informative.

Date of experience: November 2017
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

A quick visit to this Shaker site was well worth the time to see the location/remnants of the first Shaker establishment in North America. My senior citizen parents & I visited on the final day of an 11 day road trip flying into Indianapolis &...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review. We are so glad that you and your parents enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Drove through the grounds this afternoon. Even though was closed, it reminded us of derelict mental institution.More

Date of experience: April 2017
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

We thank you for taking the time to log on to review the Albany Shaker National Historic Site but we think you should come back again! Walk the grounds on a nice day and see the wonderful stone work lining Shaker Creek. Stop and visit...More

Reviewed 7 March 2017

I've only ever been in the meeting house for craft fairs but it's well maintained and pretty cool. The sounding (presumably abandoned) buildings are also really cool to look at.

Date of experience: December 2016
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