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Shaker Heritage Society, Albany

#3 of 8 in Historic Sites in Albany
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Site of the first Shaker community. Nine historic buildings, herb garden, walking trails. Small museum with a great Museum Shop in a bucolic setting adjacent to Albany Airport.
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  • Historic farm, settlement, nature trail, graveyard tells the story of the birth of Shakerism in the New World. Small museum, tours, walking, trails, and special events. Easy to get to, hard to forget.  more »
  • We enjoyed the film and the very helpful docent. She encouraged questions and shared interesting information. The meeting house was very large and there are many buildings on the grounds. We also...  more »
  • My mom Worked there when I was a child At Ann Lee Nursing home up till the day the moved all the resident's to the New Albany County Nursing home. Great memories going to work with her at both places. The Building is amazing just sad to see it left the way it is But the grounds are amazingly kept and it's beautiful there. Ghost Hunter's may like to check it out. Got some good pics during my day trip. Also visit Ann Lee's Grave. As well as the pond. You will enjoy it. But I love it so much for the memory of my mom and I working her 3 pm to 11 pm shifts. Miss those days and her.
  • I give this high marks for the passionate volunteers who work at this sweet underfunded museum. It would behoove the City of Albany to caretake the buildings they have left to rot, shame on them. I think due to the ramshackle quality of the surroundings buildings many tourists in the area who want to visit a Shakers community choose instead to visit the Hancock Shaker Village , a living history museum preserved for generations. The Shaker story is of high interest and tourists want to learn about this communal lifestyle that has few remaining communities. I am glad I was able to meet this small but enthusiastic group of knowledgeable and avid Shaker history buffs.

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