Was a wet day when I went - BUT still had a good trip and tour. Got there around 11:30 had lunch at the Shaker Table (was lucky did not need reservation). Took the 1:00 tour with Melissa VERY knowledgeable of the Shaker way of life as such would strongly recommend you take advantage of a guided tour to get full impact of shaker life, tagged along on another tour (outside tour) that was finishing up, that tour guide also well versed. The main buildings toured with guide were in period eg. laundry and kitchen. The buildings that I went to on my own though were mostly (the school house was furnished) vacant as such not much interest. I would say you would need a minimum of 3-4 hours at this site. It also seems that various buildings are open on different days, as well as different events on different days - so if you have something specific, you may want to plan it around those days.
To improve on the tour it would have been great if the tour guides were dressed in period and spoke as if they were actually there in that time period.
NOTE: hours change over the year so double check operating hours and days on their site
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