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Address: 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY 12211-1004
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Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany...

Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany International Airport, the historic site features nine Shaker buildings, an herb garden, apple orchard and cemetery where Shaker founder, Ann Lee is buried. The 1848 Shaker Meeting House contains a small museum and gift shop. Hiking trails are available at the adjacent Ann Lee Pond Wildlife Preserve.

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An airline schedule curtained the time I had to visit. From the short time I was there I found the area to be incredibly inviting and filled with a wonderful history of the... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2016
Kevin P
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Salina, Kansas
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Avon, Connecticut
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drove through the grounds this afternoon. Even though was closed, it reminded us of derelict mental institution.

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Thank Michael M
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

We thank you for taking the time to log on to review the Albany Shaker National Historic Site but we think you should come back again! Walk the grounds on a nice day and see the wonderful stone work lining Shaker Creek. Stop and visit with the oxen who live on site during the summer or explore our beautiful Shaker... More 

Albany
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51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I've only ever been in the meeting house for craft fairs but it's well maintained and pretty cool. The sounding (presumably abandoned) buildings are also really cool to look at.

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Thank Chevy1806
Glenville, New York
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143 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The Shaker Heritage Society is a gem located near the Albany Airport. The history of the Shakers is very interesting, and the grounds are lovely. A visit to the summer and fall craft fairs is a must for me, as is a visit for holiday shopping in the Meeting House.

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Thank PattyR63
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and for continuing to attend our craft fairs. The craft fairs support about 100 local small businesses (handicraft, local food products etc) as well as the education and historic preservation programs of the Shaker Heritage Society. See you at the next craft fair! More 

Salina, Kansas
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367 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

An airline schedule curtained the time I had to visit. From the short time I was there I found the area to be incredibly inviting and filled with a wonderful history of the Shakers. I've done some research since being there and am anxious to return and spend the extended amount time this place deserves for a proper visit.

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Thank Kevin P
Albany, NY
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 November 2016

I definitely visit again. It was educational and I learned a lot about the Shakers. The gift store was nice as well. Quaint place near the airport.

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Thank soxfanatic
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We spent about an hour here and really enjoyed it! A small museum plus a very large gift shop with so many wonderful items! We couldn't leave empty-handed. The grounds are nice and the buildings are interested. Learn a little about Mother Ann and the Shakers (not a band)!

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Thank catcramer
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! You can also check out our digital reconstruction of the historic site. It is called Virtual Watervliet and you can find it at ShakerHeritage dot org. It includes 3D models of Shaker buildings, music, biographies and then and now photos! More 

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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Lovely grounds, herb garden, cemetery where Shaker founder Ann Lee is buried. Welcoming staff, informative video and exhibit. Gift shop with Shaker herbs and oval boxes. Bring a picnic!

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Thank Marina D
Redmond, Washington
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89 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of the original sites of the Shakers. The museum is in the old meeting hall. There's a short film in the history of the Shakers. There are exhibits showing some of the Shaker crafts. A gift shop has reproductions of some of the Shaker items. The grounds around the museum have several of the original Shaker buildings... More 

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ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the site of the first Shaker community. We also have walking trails around Ann Lee Pond. All the property is owned by Albany County but Shaker Heritage Society is working closely with the County to restore buildings and we are making good progress! More 

Albany, New York, United States
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70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

It is probably sacrilege that Albany County used so much of the former Shaker property for institutional purposes, but this site awaits increased interpretation to benefit visitors. You can still get a sense of how the Shaker community lived in the 19th Century, as long as you can look past the later County additions to the grounds. It is a... More 

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Thank Colin M
Colonie, New York
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

The site of the original Shaker settlement.... and of Ann Lee's burial... is till under development, but worth a look if you're in the area. The "Museum" is slight but the site includes a Shaker meeting house in good shape, a beautiful Shaker garden and they host occasional special events that are worth it. Seeking grants and donations for further... More 

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