Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury

#4 of 55 in Historic Sites in New Hampshire
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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 came upon this by chance as we drove south from the White Mountains on Route 93. It was well worth the detour. There are optional tours but you can walk round at your own pace and there’s plenty....  more »
  • Unfortunately the December day I stopped in the Canterbury Shaker Village was closed, but I still walked around the property looking at the buildings. It was a beautiful and peaceful visit with only.....  more »
  • This place was really very nice to visit. Our tour guide, Lois, was very informative and answered all questions we had. The tour is 1 hour 15 minutes but she went 15 minutes over due to being so detailed on her guide. The gift shop had lots of cute little things and they have furniture on the 2nd floor that the Shakers made from back in the day. Really cool to see with all the great detail. Definitely not a place for little ones, as the grounds are uneven, lots of walking and lots of things you can't touch.
  • Very interesting look into the life and history of the Shakers who once lived in NH. My 12yo nephew enjoyed the print shop as well as the opportunity to ask many questions of the docent (a very patient retired teacher) who guided our tour. We also enjoyed our lunch in the cafe; both soup and sandwiches were good.

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