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Shaker Heritage Society
Ranked #22 of 71 things to do in Albany
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Owner description: 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.
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.

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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 Shakers (not a band)!

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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 includes 3D models of Shaker buildings, music, biographies and then and now photos!

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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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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 and an herb garden. The staff and volunteer we met were both friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. If you have children, they may be interested in the turkeys and chickens in the coops by the barn. A delightful visit.

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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 restore buildings and we are making good progress!

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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 shame that there isn't an easy and safe walkway from the Albany airport terminal across into the grounds, as this would be a unique layover activity for air travelers waiting to change planes.

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