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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

#2 of 3 things to do in New Gloucester Features Animals
707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260-2652
+1 207-926-4597
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A slice of important American history and a gorgeous place to visit

It's the place where two Shakers live, work and worship. Because of that, there are limits to what... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Greenfield MA
Soak up some history!

The last active Shaker village on earth! Go now before the last 2 residents pass and take this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260-2652
+1 207-926-4597
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It's the place where two Shakers live, work and worship. Because of that, there are limits to what you can access with and without a docent. This makes sense, as I think the reader would agree that you wouldn't want strangers coming into your home/property...More

Thank DrSharonGreenfieldMA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The last active Shaker village on earth! Go now before the last 2 residents pass and take this wonderfully pure and simple way of life with them. Pay the $10 and take the guided tour, it's the only way you'll get inside the buildings and...More

Thank kingbyriverk
Reviewed 22 June 2017

except for its history, there is nothing else to say. uninteresting items in their shop.They could do so much more. Pretty setting though. Very peaceful and quiet.

Thank Islandbluetraveler
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We took the guided tour by Don and learned so much about the Shakers and their history. There are only two Shakers left in this country and they reside here. You can tour many original buildings and see many of their inventions. There is a...More

1  Thank cakedeco
Jamie R, Front Office Manager at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you so much! We are glad that you had a great time here! Hope we will see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 April 2017

Visited once in 2015 and then again this past Christmas for their festival. Brother Arnold was a very nice, honest, and hospitable host and everything was very festive. All of the volunteers really loved helping out the Shakers. I'd love to come back to help...More

Thank cmiles4774
Reviewed 2 November 2016

The place is nice but limited in what it has to offer. Fells more like a "tourist attraction" than a real one.The "active Shaker community" as it states includes 3 men living in 2 big farm house. One can get information about the shakers but...More

Thank meitardafna
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived here in time for the first guided tour of the day. There were only two other couples and so the tour felt intimate and personal. Although only shown a couple of buildings the history was fascinating and also rather sad because there are...More

Thank Ian g
Reviewed 27 September 2016

I very much enjoyed the enthusiastic and knowledge laden tour and the serene setting only enhanced the day.

Thank rjr0810
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Very educational tour - I never knew all the information that I learned about the Shakers. The history of the Shakers is very interesting and the tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and respectful of the Shakers. Not all the buildings were open...More

Thank QuiltGuru
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Spent a couple of hours, wandering the grounds, watching the animals, pondering on the past. A beautiful setting. Gracious staff answered many questions. Very spiffy store with Shaker and local products

Thank Judith S
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23 April 2017|
Response from Jamie R | Property representative |
Hi Lynn, The Museum and grounds are typically closed before Memorial Day but Sunday Meeting worship service is always open to the public. That begins promptly at 10am each Sunday. There will also be a volunteer work day on... More
2 September 2015|
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Response from Mama2Girly | Reviewed this property |
Can't suggest any tour people. We relied on GPS and google maps to get around. About an hour drive between Shaker Village and Kennebunk area (we hit some traffic). Shaker village has paid guided tours of the property. Should... More