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Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield

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The Enfield Shaker Museum is an outdoor history museum and historic district in Enfield, New Hampshire in the United States. It is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Shakers, a Protestant religious denomination, who lived on the site from 1793 to 1923. The museum features exhibitions, artifacts, eight Shaker buildings and restored Shaker gardens. It is located in a valley between Mount Assurance and Mascoma Lake in Enfield.
One of the buildings, the Great Stone Dwelling, was the largest residential building north of Boston and is the largest Shaker building. When the Shaker community closed, most of the land that made up the Enfield Shaker Village was sold to the Missionaries of La Salette. The state owns 28 acres (11 ha) and 13 buildings, which is now the Enfield Shaker Museum.

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  • My wife and I recently visited this museum, and very much enjoyed our experience. The staff were informative, and user friendly. The video we saw, and guided tour, provided a great understanding of....  more »
  • We are @ Lake Morey (fantastic) but want to see something of this beautiful area. We arrived and had a private tour by the lovely Chris Cronin. We saw a brief film then Chris took us all over the....  more »
  • Great museum of Shaker history. Buildings are being restored or restoration is complete. Gift shop was nice with lots of Shaker novelties. We had a tour guide that was great and explained a lot of the Shaker life style and customs. Also a garden of fresh herbs to pick from. The chapel was extraordinary. Wonderful stained glass windows and architecture.
  • A wonderful overview of this facinating religious group. Very knowledgeable staff who provide great information about Shakers and can answer any questions. They display a wide range of artifacts and informational plaques that illustrate the daily lives of the people who lived in the village. The Catholic Church located next to the great stone house offer an interesting contrast of religious beliefs. My only wish was that there were more buildings to view.

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