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“Shaker Village is a must see location if you love history.”

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 7 December 2017

The Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH. is a great day trip destination if you are visiting or if you live here in NH. The village is an incredible historical site and there are many interesting buildings and items to see. There is also a very nice restaurant on the property where you can get a bite to eat. Check on restaurant time and dates in advance.

Thank Jose' C
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

A fascinating look at a piece of New England/New York/Mid West history largely overlooked. 7 people led by Ann Lee left Manchester England in the 1770's to find religious freedom in America. Their Motto of "Hands to Work/Heart to God" was the driving force that brought the Shakers into more than a dozen communes in the New England area with Canterbury being one on the longest lasting (almost 200 years). Frozen in time, the heart of the Canterbury settlement remains extant deep in the woods of middle NH. Learn the history and see the places where the Shakers lived and worked and practiced their faith completely isolated and insulated from "The World" of their times. After a 10 mile drive off I-93 through hills dotted with woods and farm fields, you come up a rise and on the the horizon is a complex of buildings and barns totally incongruous and unexpected. Canterbury is what America was like in our past. Not plastic, not animated characters or phoney rides, not asphalt and concrete.... but serenity to explore the way life used to be. This is a true isolated community with a school, infirmary, government, workshops, electricity, town water and living quarters that were home for up to 300 residents living independently and faithfully for their entire lives. Take the tour provided, watch the movie by Ken Burns, and try to put yourself in the shoes of the Shaker residents. This is not Reality TV, but a TRUE sample of 200 years of American reality of like-minded people relying on themselves to build their lives together. This is what America was all about before the age of big government, jet planes, PC's and I Phones. No hotels, no chain restaurants or coffee shoppes, no boutiques or water slides.... just a lonely New England country road.....sorry :):)

Thank rons99876
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

We were heading back to Boston, had half a day unplanned; saw the sign from te interstate. Glad we did.
Wonderful heritage, buildings, atmosphere. Guided visit really helped. Fascinating to learn how advanced they were eg medicine, laundry.

1  Thank lowryepp
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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.

1  Thank livefreeordie16
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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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