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“For those interested in American history of religious sects”

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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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“For those interested in American history of religious sects”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We live in nearby Falmouth, Maine and the Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake is a place we often take guests, especially international guests who have never heard of the Shakers. They are always fascinated. The Village is about 25 miles from downtown Portland, a 40 minute drive. The docents who give the tours are very competent. In the fall, the small store at the Village sometimes sells the honeycrisp apples grown on the Shaker farm. Those apples are simply the best I have had in my 73 years of sampling all over the world. We have not visited in the last year but have been five or six times in all over the past nine years.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank GrandpaDick
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Palm Bay, Florida
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59 reviews
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“Long drive from Portland to see a couple of buildings”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We visited here as my wife has been to amish communities is other parts of the country. We took the tour and found out there are three living shakers left here. You visit the meeting room and sleeping areas of another house. Not worth the time or money.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank John H
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Melrose, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Last of the Shakers”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

We had a nice visit at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. Our tour was very personalized with only 4 of us and the guide. We were able to ask multiple questions and learn a lot about the village. We have been to the Hancock, MA and Enfield, NH shaker villages and there were similarities of course. This village is smaller but the history was well-documented and explained. And for shoppers, the gift shop is large and has a vast variety of shaker and local goods. Definitely, go into the store even if you don't have time for the tour.

Visited September 2013
Thank Julie P
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Wilmington, Vermont
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61 reviews
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

I had heard of The Shakers, but had no idea what they were all about. The settlement has tours led by volunteers that are wonderful. You will be glad you stopped.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Charles S
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“Take the guided tour”
Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

The Shaker village looks nice and quiet from the outside. Without further knowledge it may be difficult to understand how a Shaker villages works or worked. This village is the last one still to be in function. The guided tour gave very interesting insight into the history and daily life of a shaker village. It wouldn't be the same experience without.

Visited July 2013
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