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Shaker Heritage Society

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I've been interested in the Shakers since writing a research paper in high school MANY years ago... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2013
Valuable Historical Site

The visit should take about 90 minutes and longer if you get a chance to speak to the staff, who... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2013
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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 8 January 2014

Owned by Albany County and run by the Shaker Historical Society, this is the Mother Farm of the Shaker Movement in the United States, coming from the UK. Having said that, there has been little development on the part of the county and the Historical...More

Date of experience: May 2013
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

I've been interested in the Shakers since writing a research paper in high school MANY years ago. Glad to have finally visitied a Shaker site. Exhibit/museum was small but interesting. Hope they can raise the funds to expand and restore more buildings. Since the visit...More

Date of experience: October 2013
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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2013

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. We are working closely with Albany County (which has owned the property since the Shakers left in 1925), to revitalize the historic site. You will be glad to know that we have plans for several building...More

Reviewed 24 May 2013

The visit should take about 90 minutes and longer if you get a chance to speak to the staff, who are very knowledgable and friendly. There is a one room exhibit in the Meeting House and there are blue signs on all the other buildings...More

Date of experience: May 2013
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

The meeting house is in good shape and has a good historical exhibit, but the highlight was the staffer who spent a great deal of time with us patiently answering questions and providing interesting historical details. There's no tour, but you can get a map...More

Date of experience: March 2013
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

On Sunday of Labor Day Weekend it was closed. Then I discovered that it was only open Saturdays. There should be more interpretation outside for those of us who travel through the area.More

Date of experience: September 2012
1  Thank Courthouse067
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

We are so sorry that we missed you! The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30am-4pm. February through October. From late Oct through mid-Dec. we are open Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm. We are closed in January. We wish that we could be open more hours too. Small...More

Reviewed 3 August 2012

This small, often overlooked museum, located across from the Albany Airport is a real find. There is a restored meeting house with informative signs around the room. One can get a small sense of what the Shaker way of life in the past must have...More

Date of experience: June 2012
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

We took our Girl Scout troop to the site and it was ok. The history of how it came about is incredibly interesting, but there isn't a whole lot to see. I wish there had been a little more.More

Date of experience: September 2011
1  Thank M W
ColoNativeGirl, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2012

We offer several programs for Girl Scouts that include visiting our farm animals and hands-on activities such as weaving that reflect the daily life of children who grew up in the Shaker community. Perhaps your group was unaware of these opportunities. In response to your...More

Reviewed 19 July 2012

The place is in disarray and buildings are falling apart.More

Date of experience: July 2012
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ColoNativeGirl, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2012

Thank you for your comment. It is true that many of the buildings need significant stabilization work and the site does look neglected. However, Shaker Heritage Society is actively working to remedy that problem. In November of 2010, we obtained a long term lease from...More

Reviewed 15 July 2012

Follow the signs to Albany Airport and you're a minute from this historic site. Well worth visiting. This is where the Shakers first. Got established in the US and while it's nowhere as big and extensive a exhibit as Hancock Mass, the old Meeting House...More

Date of experience: July 2012
4  Thank Cameron06820
Reviewed 28 June 2012

This is the site of the original Shaker settlements. (There are still several adults living in Shaker life in Maine.) It dates to the era of the American Revolution; and the founder, Ann Lee, is buried in a very fascinating cemetery on the premises. There...More

Date of experience: June 2012
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