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Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield

(4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
Nestled in a valley between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake, in Enfield, New Hampshire, the Enfield Shaker site has been cherished for over 200 years. At its peak in the mid 19th century, the community was home to three "Families" of Shakers. They practiced equality of the sexes and races, celibacy, pacifism and communal ownership of property. Shakers farmed over 3,000 acres of land, educated children in model schools and worshipped in the “Shaker Way.”
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  • Recently attended a wedding here, and it's beautiful. The staff were very friendly & helpful when making accommodations. Great fields and views for a wedding or reception.  more »
  • The fact of the matter is quite an eye-opener. It's amazing that this great country provided opportunities for beliefs of every kind and style. But Time is the toll-taker that determines the longevity...  more »
  • Can rent a room and tour the area from there. No food is served, but places are close by. Some people schedule to get married in the historic chapel and have their receptions in the historic shaker di...  more »
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  • We stopped by this museum on the ride home with our 13 and 15 year old sons. The experience with our wonderful tour guide Joe far exceeded our expectations. His knowledge and enthusiasm taught us a great deal. It was a great history lesson. Thank you!
  • Beautiful construction and the scenery is great. Attended a wedding here and it was gorgeous.
  • Nice place. Several buildings to see. I want my husband to build me a barn like the one in the children's house. Stayed 2 nights
  • As an amateur student of the 18th century communal living movements, being able to get a much closer looks at the Shakers and their life was a real treat. The tour guide was amazingly enthusiastic, and was willing to discuss in detail many aspects of Shaker culture, as well as being knowledgeable about how the culture evolved over the years. If you're a student of history, GO GO GO. It's worth it.
  • The Enfield Shaker Museum is a great destination, part museum and part historic experience. There are a number of buildings to visit, some with artifacts and some where the main attraction is the building itself. The main building, which holds the actual museum, is the Great Stone Dwelling, and that alone is worth the trip. Besides the buildings and the museum, there are hiking trails, public gardens, and a cute little gift shop. Nice, friendly staff, too.