Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Canterbury Shaker Village NH

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!


  1. What a wonderful place to visit. Something I would definitely want to do myself someday. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  2. A wonderful place to visit and as it is not possible for me to visit it is appreciated that we can share your visit with you. Great pictures.

  3. A Shaker Village is a place of simplicity and wonder. We have one here in KY.

  4. That's a wonderful place to visit!

  5. Would love to visit some day. TFS Janice

  6. It is about 30 minutes from me I hope you got to eat at the restaurant it is lovely. At christmas time they have the it decorated so nicely.

  7. That looks like a great place to visit, wow they do pretty work don't they. Glad you are sharing your pretty trip with us :)

  8. What a lovely place, so well preserved from the past. I love the old sewing machine!

  9. My dear Christine, what a beautiful and inspiring place to visit. Thank you ever so much for sharing your photos with us :)

    Hugs to you, my friend!

  10. It is always interesting to read about life lived the Shakers and to see their beautiful handiwork. My oh my, that first building is amazing. How fascinating to be able to wander around the village. Thank you for the lovely photos, Christine.

  11. Buenas imágenes... un saludo desde Murcia.


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