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Shaker Heritage Society

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An airline schedule curtained the time I had to visit. From the short time I was there I found the... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2016
Kevin P
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Salina, Kansas
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Nice Small History Museum and Grounds

This is one of the original sites of the Shakers. The museum is in the old meeting hall. There's a... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2016
joggerbill
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Redmond, Washington
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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 14 February 2017

The Shaker Heritage Society is a gem located near the Albany Airport. The history of the Shakers is very interesting, and the grounds are lovely. A visit to the summer and fall craft fairs is a must for me, as is a visit for holiday...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2017

Thank you so much for your review and for continuing to attend our craft fairs. The craft fairs support about 100 local small businesses (handicraft, local food products etc) as well as the education and historic preservation programs of the Shaker Heritage Society. See you...More

Reviewed 18 November 2016 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...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 9 November 2016

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.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank soxfanatic
Reviewed 2 November 2016

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...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2016

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...More

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!

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Marina D
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...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank joggerbill
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2016

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...More

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...More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank Colin M
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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank JoeP7494
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!

Date of experience: July 2016
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2016

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

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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2016

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...More

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