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“Beautiful historic place”

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 November 2017

Everyone should have an opportunity to tour Canterbury Shaker Village. It is an important about our history that still lives that should be supported and preserved.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

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

1  Thank pwuchief
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

this is a great place to visit and learn about a religion and culture that is all but extinct. The tour is really worthwhile, there is no romanticism, just a plain telling of the history of a set of people who had a different view on life and beliefs. Practical people who, while not afraid of hard labour, sought methods of making work easier and more productive. Everything had a purpose and in many respects were years ahead of their time. There are practical demonstrations, but we were unable to see any. The laundry and the infirmary are two of the best buildings to visit. For lunch we went to the café, fresh sandwiches and good coffee with decent prices. The gift shop has a good range of goods and is worth a look. We spent longer than anticipated here, and had we not been moving on, would have stayed longer.

1  Thank phil52_10
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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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