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“Fascinating glimpse of a Religious Utopian Society”

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum is located within the perimeters of the only active and functioning Shaker Community in the world. The museum was first organized in 1931 by Sisters Iona Sedgley and Ethel Peacock in hopes of educating the public about the "truths" of Shakerism. Thousands of visitors have come to explore this unique and sacred place of work and worship. Six of the 18 existing structures at Sabbathday Lake are open to the public. Throughout these buildings there are twenty-seven exhibit rooms which explore a continuum of over 200 years of Shaker heritage in the Maine Communities. We request that all visitors remember that this site is a home and to respect the privacy and work schedules of the Shaker Community. With the exceptions of the Shaker Store and Museum Visitors' Center, access to any building is restricted by guided tour only. 1-hour guided tours leave our Visitors' Center every hour on the half hour beginning at 10:30am with the last tour leaving at 3:15pm. The Shaker Museum is open from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. Open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm EST. Please note that the Museum and grounds are closed on Sundays but Sunday Meeting worship is open to the public. We offer a full schedule of workshops, concerts, and special events throughout the year, please visit our website for our full calendar of events.
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273 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Fascinating glimpse of a Religious Utopian Society”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

This is the last "living" Shaker village. The tour was interesting as was the museum and exhibits. One gains a real insight into this religious-community movement visiting here. Well worth seeing if you are in the area.

Visited June 2013
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61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An extraordinary place”
Reviewed 23 November 2012

From the tour to special events, don't miss the opportunity to visit.
Take a hike, watch and crafts demo and don't miss the gallery and visitors center.

Visited August 2012
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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“Wonderful way to spend the afternoon”
Reviewed 9 November 2012

My husband and I go up to a family home on Lake Sebago every couple of years. I love sitting by the lake, but after a while I need stimulation, so I headed to the Shaker Village. The tour guides were so friendly and extremely informative. I wish I had given myself more time to more fully enjoy the exhibits, but the tour was wonderful.

Visited August 2012
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Augusta, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Living Historical Gem”
Reviewed 9 September 2012

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is a bit of living history. It's a working farm with the last few living Shakers residing here. The store, museum and tour are worth it if you are a history buff or if you like to see a working farm. It's a unique experience. Probably best suited to adults. My kids thought it boring, but then again, we live in a rural area so it wasn't new to them.

Visited August 2012
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“So interesting. Discover the creativity of the Shakers!”
Reviewed 9 August 2012

The history here is fascinating. I always knew the Shakers were a remarkable group but until I visited here I did not know how creative they were (are..since this village is home to current Shakers) with so many inventions! The staff working at the museum and the store are delightful and very helpful. Take a tour but also don't miss the museum.

Visited July 2012
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