Shaker Heritage Society, Albany

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  • We got lucky and came during their Christmas market which was completely OK. The way it works in the rest of the season is hard to say. A room with a comprehensive history was interesting. Not worth a detour, but one is in the North of Albany, it can be exciting to hear about an odd religious and together. Extremely fair, equal and ahead of its time.
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  • A quick visit to this Shaker site was well worth the time to see the location/remnants of the first Shaker establishment in North America. My senior citizen parents & I visited on the final day of an ...  more »
  • Drove through the grounds this afternoon. Even though was closed, it reminded us of derelict mental institution.  more »
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  • A must visit if your in the area. Small but full of interesting facts and local connections.
  • AS a former Troy resident, I still love coming through the area to see the site!
  • I don't know why schools are not shuttling their students to this historic site. Mother Ann Lee was a charismatic woman at a time when women had their place in our male dominated society and she bravely fought the church, societal norms and faced persecution, imprisonment, stoning, whipping and mocking to practice her faith. She created settlements all over the Eastern seaboard and had thousands of followers. Many streets and buildings are named after the Shakers and most people don't even know why. The Shakers were on the forefront of technology - inventing the circular saw, push and sweep brooms, herbal medicine, gardening and farming techniques, seed and herbal catalogs and shipping through the mail and, they were the first in this area to install a telephone. The Shaker site, garden and grounds are free to explore and visit any day, any hour. But, go during their gift shop hours so you can visit the buildings and peruse the gift shop. Buy something or leave a donation to support the heritage society for once these buildings are gone, they're gone forever. The Shakers once owned 600 acres of land but over the years have had it whittled down by politics, expansion and the need for money. Ann Lee's burial grave was even moved to accommodate a baseball field.
  • Lovely grounds, herb garden, cemetery where Shaker founder Ann Lee is buried. Welcoming staff, informative video and exhibit. Gift shop with Shaker herbs and oval boxes. Bring a picnic!
  • A great place to take a walk. A nice quiet place tucked away in Colonie. This is the first US settlement of the Shakers.

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