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Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield

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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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  • Did not know anything about the Shakers prior to visiting. What an interesting religion and example of one of their colonies. Was very impressed with their use of technology for the time period. Highl...  more »
  • in fairness since I spent so many years living in Amish country in Pa my expectation for a museum with a cost would have included more than what was offered. The buildings were authentic and it gives ...  more »
  • The Enfield Shaker Museum was a pleasant day trip. The buildings are lovely, especially the Mary Keane Chapel. We also explored the gardens - they use the herbs and flowers from the garden to make tea...  more »
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  • As an amateur student of the 19th 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.
  • Finally able to visit and learn what lies behind the great stone walls!
  • Very interesting and in-depth tour. Guides are extremely knowledgeable.
  • Great guide and glimpse into a quiet and productive way of life.
  • 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!

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