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Shaker Heritage Society

Closed Now: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Interesting Historical Site & Holiday Crafts Fair

We visit approx once a year when in Albany visiting family. Nice historical video and pix. The... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2014
Queens, New York
Nice holiday fair

Fun hand crafted goods made in America. I find something unique each year, such as melted bottle... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2014
Pocasset, Massachusetts
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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
+1 518-456-7890
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Reviewed 19 May 2015

There are actually four Shaker sites in NY/MA! The first Shaker site was the Watervliet Shaker community in Colonie, NY, right next to the Albany Int'l Airport. It was founded by Mother Ann Lee herself as the first settlement of her group, and she is...More

Date of experience: May 2015
5  Thank MarthaJulia
Reviewed 9 December 2014

We visit approx once a year when in Albany visiting family. Nice historical video and pix. The Holiday Crafts Fair is great - unusual crafts reasonably priced; we always find something for our growing family. Contributes to historical preservation - a worthy cause.

Date of experience: December 2014
1  Thank Jimbo_Queens_NewYork
Reviewed 17 November 2014

Fun hand crafted goods made in America. I find something unique each year, such as melted bottle cheese boards, rolling pin crafts and felting.

Date of experience: November 2014
2  Thank RoundRusty
Reviewed 25 October 2014

Anyone who is interested in the history of the Utopian movement in America, has to come to this small site. The foundation of the Shaker movement in America is located right here. Within the small museum, which is the Meeting House, there are some informative...More

Date of experience: October 2014
6  Thank Barry D
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2015

Since this review was submitted, we completed major stabilization work on the 1915 barn complex and we secured one million dollars for additional capital improvements. Albany County bought the site from the Shakers back in the 1920s. Shaker Heritage Society was established in 1977 with...More

Reviewed 21 October 2014

The site is a strange mix of state-owned buildings and Shaker houses. The only building open is the Meeting House, but several buildings have signs of occupancy sometime recently - they almost appear haunted. The lines of the Meeting House are lovely, and the big...More

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank 12trvlgirl
Reviewed 13 October 2014

It's definitely worth seeing. While you can't go into most of the buildings, the meeting house is quite nice and includes a reasonably priced gift shop. You can also walk around the grounds. The herb garden is especially nice as all of the herbs are...More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank Eugenie B
Reviewed 25 September 2014

Every time I fly into Albany, I stop by the Shaker Meeting House and gift shop. My first visit was an interesting and informative tour of the Shaker site and history. Since then, I've visited to stock up on the wonderful dried herbs of all...More

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank Lynn L
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Twice yearly (July and September) the Heritage Society hosts a Shaker Fair at their Colonie location. There are the usual craft vendors and such and a small selection of food for purchase. While this isn't a fancy/huge fair, they do put together some lovely offerings...More

Date of experience: September 2013
2  Thank Sarah A
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We came on a beautiful day in June 2014. While the outbuildings are somewhat ramshackle, the main building (meeting hall) with the museum was pretty well kept. The artifacts in the one-room museum were interesting and described well. We watched the video (about 15 minutes?)...More

Date of experience: June 2014
6  Thank J D
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2014

Thank you for your review! We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit. We also offer a mobile tour and augmented reality for smart phone users (includes photos, music, maps etc.) We will pass along your comments to our gift shop volunteer--our volunteers are...More

Reviewed 14 March 2014

I was with a friend on a mission to look for SNOWY OWLS near the Albany Airport. We just happened to see the Shaker Heritage Society and I suggested we drive in and just have a look at the old buildings. We were surprised to...More

Date of experience: February 2014
1  Thank JuneNY
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