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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

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trishfla wrote a review Nov. 2019
florida28 contributions19 helpful votes
as the last remaining active shaker community in the world, a visit here is a visit with history. it's in the middle of the Maine countryside and you have to pay attention to the GPS closely to find it but it's well worth the drive. there is a small museum that is self guided. but the gem is the docent led tours of the buildings. they really add a lot of information and color to the story of the shaker settlement. there is also a small country store that sells items made by the shakers to raise money to support the community. if you are interested, they also have a schedule of workshops for those who are interested in learning things like woodworking etc.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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LauriH44 wrote a review Nov. 2019
Sioux Falls, South Dakota459 contributions78 helpful votes
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Wanted to tour this place because of the history - the only place where any Shakers are alive and practicing. The tour was informative - learned a lot! Seeing all the different pieces of furniture - some dating back to the 1700s - was great. Definitely a different aesthetic. The village inhabitants keep some animals, which you are not allowed to approach or touch. But these are animals who are living out their lives on a beautiful farm. The six Scottish Highland cows (love these guys!) will just get to roam and eat and relax, which is really nice to see. The buildings are picturesque, and they have a couple of gift shops. Really recommend visiting, although smaller kids might be bored if the animals aren't out for them to see.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Wajere wrote a review Oct. 2019
Seattle, Washington93 contributions17 helpful votes
The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village provides unexpected insight to this dwindling religion, its tenets and lifestyle. The museum teaches about simple life at this village from its earliest times into the current century. Tours of the buildings are educational about how the Shakers interacted with the outside world and also within their hierarchy, as well as furniture and products made over the village's many years. A stop in the museum shop provides the opportunity to support the community through purchase of their products, including herbs and teas. The pork rub and the steak rub are fantastic!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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NHjo wrote a review Oct. 2019
Saco, Maine2,730 contributions554 helpful votes
Didn't take a formal tour because it was late afternoon, but I stopped by to check out the grounds, store, gift shop, and 30-40 gorgeous sheep in the barn that were being let out to feed in the yard and meadow. What a wonderful place -- the simplicity of the buildings' architecture, that fantastic barn, the views of the countryside, the history. There were some beautiful handmade goods in the store and gift shop, like pottery, woolen items, Shaker rockers and tables, paintings, and all kinds of odds and ends. They also had lots of their canned goods, herbs, and teas. The lake is down the side road from Shaker Village. Such a serene place, far from the 'madding crowd'.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Di-Roth wrote a review Sep. 2019
Beverley, United Kingdom256 contributions74 helpful votes
We stopped off at the Shaker Village on the way into the White Mountains, and I am so glad we did. The guide who took us around was very good and informative, it was very interesting so hear about Shaker life. I would definitely recommend it if passing that way.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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