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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 20 October 2017 via mobile

This is a must visit location. Try to be there for one of the formal tours which is included with the price of admission. Lunch, sandwich and soup with beverages is available on the grounds. We spent about 3 hours at the site, did take the tour which was about 1-1/2 hours long. So much to see and so much to learn. Well worth the price of admission.
Parking in October plentiful at no additional charge.

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

The buildings are well maintained and the visitor center is pristine with a lovely gift shop and rest rooms. Our interpreter for our 75 min. tour (at 11, 1 and 3 this day) was informative and fun..he was able to answer any questions that our group presented... We had lunch at the snack bar and the sandwiches were loaded and fresh.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Visited on a very wet day, not terribly busy but think that added to the atmosphere. It was peaceful and calm. All the guides and other staff were very knowledgeable about Shakers and the site in general. Choice of four hot soups for lunch, very welcome on such a wet day.

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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.

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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.

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