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Enfield Shaker Museum

447 Nh Route 4a, Enfield, NH 03748-3503
+1 603-632-4346
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Hidden Gem

Did not know anything about the Shakers prior to visiting. What an interesting religion and... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Kansas City, Missouri
less than expected

in fairness since I spent so many years living in Amish country in Pa my expectation for a museum... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Manchester, New Hampshire
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
447 Nh Route 4a, Enfield, NH 03748-3503
+1 603-632-4346
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

Did not know anything about the Shakers prior to visiting. What an interesting religion and example of one of their colonies. Was very impressed with their use of technology for the time period. Highly recommended for those interested in learning about other religious sects.

Thank BearCat318
Reviewed 12 July 2017

in fairness since I spent so many years living in Amish country in Pa my expectation for a museum with a cost would have included more than what was offered. The buildings were authentic and it gives us a glance at how the shakers lived...More

Thank dmonag000
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

The Enfield Shaker Museum was a pleasant day trip. The buildings are lovely, especially the Mary Keane Chapel. We also explored the gardens - they use the herbs and flowers from the garden to make tea that is sold in thrusrum store.

Thank chickabeegrrl
Reviewed 14 June 2017

I visited the Enfield Shaker Museum and had a totally good time. The interpreter gave a very good tour of the site. There was a couple from Wisconsin and me on the tour. It started at 11:00 AM and lasted until about 2:00 PM. The...More

Thank Ron W
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Recently attended a wedding here, and it's beautiful. The staff were very friendly & helpful when making accommodations. Great fields and views for a wedding or reception.

Thank marsharose14
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The fact of the matter is quite an eye-opener. It's amazing that this great country provided opportunities for beliefs of every kind and style. But Time is the toll-taker that determines the longevity of any and everything. Visit the museum to see how ingenuity and...More

Thank Simi_Bees
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Can rent a room and tour the area from there. No food is served, but places are close by. Some people schedule to get married in the historic chapel and have their receptions in the historic shaker dining room.

Thank 19maryjaneh
Reviewed 2 October 2016

A great tour with a very personable and knowledgeable tour guide. The Great Stone Building is worth the time to take the formal tour. An interesting walk through history of the Shakers and the local area.

Thank mpmmam
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I spent a pleasant week staying in one of the 4th floor single rooms, while attending a retreat at a nearby center. The Shaker Museum is a unique facility, providing the opportunity to both visit and sleep in an historical building/museum that is well preserved...More

1  Thank Phil_in_Maine
Reviewed 13 September 2016

very nice large rooms with lots of light, beautiful floors and comfortable beds. it was welcoming, quiet, restful and pleasant to stay here. nice tour of the building.

Thank 217tamead
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