Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury

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Canterbury Shaker Village is a historic site and museum in Canterbury, New Hampshire, United States. It was one of a number of Shaker communities founded in the 19th century.

It is one of the most intact and authentic surviving Shaker community sites, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993.
The site is operated by a non-profit organization established in 1969 to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. Canterbury Shaker Village is an internationally known, non-profit museum and historic site with 25 original Shaker buildings, four reconstructed Shaker buildings and 694 acres (2.81 km2) of forests, fields, gardens 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."
Visitors learn about the life, ideals, values and legacy of the Canterbury Shakers through tours, programs, exhibits, research and publications. Village staff, largely volunteer, conduct tours, and its restaurant serves traditional Shaker lunches and dinners spring, summer and fall.
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  • We had a personal tour in March. The guide was outstanding - an erudite man and Shaker scholar. I learned much about the movement of which I was unaware and our guide was able to talk fluently on.....  more
    We had a personal tour in March. The guide was outstanding - an erudite man and Shaker scholar. I learned much about the movement of which I was unaware and our guide was able to talk fluently on.....  more »
  • The CSV is a great place to find out about the history of the Shakers at large and at this sight. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The view is beautiful. 
    The CSV is a great place to find out about the history of the Shakers at large and at this sight. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The view is beautiful.  more »
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  • It was nice. The museum was nice upstairs. Shaker made furniture. The village was as it was where they used it. The nobody lives there anymore. There are guided tours available to learn about the Shakers and walk the site. It was a nice detour from driving straight through to our next destination. It was worth it.
  • Absolutely beautiful place to be.peaceful. Breath taking scenery. You definitely felt like you were in God’s country. We did the grounds tour, very interesting. Took about an hour 40 minutes, need to wear good walking shoes. Plan on a second visit to do the building tour, go inside buildings. Staff was extreme friendly,. We had Bill for tour guide Clear speaking voice, answered many questions, very friendly. A must see place

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