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Enfield Shaker Museum
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Enfield
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 worshiped in the "Shaker Way." Today, their story is preserved by the Enfield Shaker Museum. • Tour the Great Stone Dwelling, the largest Shaker dwelling house ever constructed and home to the Museum. • Discover a world of faith and harmony through the Museum's collection of Shaker furniture, tools, clothing, photographs and agricultural implements. • Explore the Museum's herb and flower gardens, fields and hills. • Enjoy exhibits, special programs, concerts, guided tours and craft demonstrations. • Hike to the Shaker Feast Ground for a spectacular vista of the Shaker Village nestled along Mascoma Lake. • Shop at the Gift Shop, filled with Shaker-inspired reproductions, books, local crafts and farm products, as well as products from the Museum's renowned herb garden.
Concord, New Hampshire
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“worth the trip”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

There are some beautiful rooms to admire here: quintessentially Shaker. The tour is definitely worth it, even if the site seems smaller than some of the other Shaker museums.

Visited May 2011
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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311 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“If only they were open as stated”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

In the low season you should call in advance since they might not be open as stated their own web site. So very disappointing...

Visited April 2012
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Acushnet, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“engaging visit”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

visited during slow season and was afforded a wonderful guided tour by two very knowledgeable and interesting guides. was able to view the great stone building in its entirety, and got a unique perspective of the shakers and the architecture contained within the building.

The Enfield Shaker village is smaller in size and scope than those of Hancock or Canterbury, but if you enjoy shaker history then plan a visit here..plan on staying two hours or so, and you wont be disapointed.

Visited March 2012
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Brownsville, Texas
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Extreemly interesting and educational”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

The thought and work done by the shakers and their engineering skills that showed throughout

Visited August 2011
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claremont, nh
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Shaker history”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

Located on Mascoma Lake, it is a nice drive to this little piece of history. Only a few buildings are here- we stayed about 1/2 hour

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