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Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield

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4.5/5 based on 40+ 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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  • A great tour with a very personable and knowledgeable tour guide. The Great Stone Building is worth the time to take the formal tour. An interesting walk through history of the Shakers and the local a...  read more »
  • I spent a pleasant week staying in one of the 4th floor single rooms, while attending a retreat at a nearby center. The Shaker Museum is a unique facility, providing the opportunity to both visit and ...  read more »
  • very nice large rooms with lots of light, beautiful floors and comfortable beds. it was welcoming, quiet, restful and pleasant to stay here. nice tour of the building. 
  • 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!
  • 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.
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