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“A must for all Feminists and history buffs”

Canterbury Shaker Village
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Owner description: Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc., is an internationally-known non-profit museum founded in 1969 to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. Designated as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural integrity and significance, the Village has 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit.
Reviewed 10 October 2017

This is not what you think. In an era when most all people were religiously associated in their daily lives it would be a mistake to think Canterbury Shaker Village was primarily about religion. These people were leaders in equality, entrepreneurship and open-mindedness. They were creative, artisans and inventors living in a progressive culture. Go for a guided tour with Darryl (He has a direct link to the Village). I took the 11AM tour. I believe the next one was at 1PM. Open your mind and listen in historical context.

2  Thank str2014
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

This was probably the best site we visited. The staff were extra friendly and helpful and Darryl the tour guide is probably the best in the world. He is a stunning presenter: Careful to outline safety ground rules, summarised his tour at the beginning and end, added without arrogance his own personal/family experience and family connections and then led us on a wondrous tour of the Shaker Village with a thoughtful dialogue of the history. He managed to combine all aspects of the: social, economic and emotional in a precise and methodical manner and was above all appreciative and humble of his 30 year experience of the village - I wish he had been my history teacher. Thank you Shaker Village I am signing up to be a member and will be back very soon.

2  Thank 261simon_l
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent demos and walking tour. The restaurant is opersted by a local college for culinary students. Very educational.

1  Thank ckupperman
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

We spent several hours exploring this village, including taking one of the guided tours. Our guide was especially knowledgeable and helped us to understand the history of the Shaker movement and this village. All the individual guides in the different properties were also very helpful and informative. We came away feeling that we had learnt a lot and had also enjoyed ourselves.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We took a ride up to the Canterbury Shaker Village1 in NH recently. A short 1-day visit as it is not far from where we live. If you either live in New England or are visiting it is a trip well worth making. The village is quite beautiful and the guided tour is well done. The highlight for me was seeing the furniture and the workbenches/tools, etc. There are 2 remaining workbenches, this first one is in the Brethren building. It is built into the room and runs the full length of the wall. But in addition to just seeing all of the Shaker things people are familiar with, you will learn a lot about the life here and the spirituality of the place.

1  Thank npcarey
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