On Oct 13 we were able to visit an original Shaker Village near Canterbury NH.
It was a beautiful fall day so it was lovely to wander around the various houses and buildings where this religious group lived and worked.
Below is the main building with the male and female dormitories and kitchens and refectory.
Shakers practiced celibacy.
But they were very industrious and embraced new technologies though these brooms typify them to me as they were encouraged to 'sweep out' evil spirits which would distract them from serving God, according their founder Mother Ann Lee.
I was very interested in the house where needlecraft was practiced. They made hooked rugs,
Even cross stitched samplers
This was one of the hooked rugs the docent was working on.
Lovely old sewing machine.
Another home housed the spinning and weaving looms.
All in all it was a very interesting visit!
Thanks for visiting and hope to hear from you!