Canterbury Shaker Village

Shaker Meetinghouse, Canterbury

Shaker Meetinghouse, Canterbury

North of Concord, New Hampshire, just a short detour off of I-93, you’ll find Canterbury Shaker Village. Founded in 1792, just eighteen years after the first Shakers immigrated to America from England, the Shaker village in Canterbuy was one of nineteen Shaker communities in the United States. Shakers lived, worked, and worshiped at Canterbury Village for some 200 years, with the population reaching 300 during the 1850s. The last shaker who lived at Canterbury Village, sister Ethel Hudson, passed away in 1992.

Functioning solely as a historical museum since then, Canterbury Shaker Village offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself into another time and place, and for the contemplative among us, examine the unfamiliar yet intriguing way that the Shakers viewed the interconnectedness of worship, work, family, and community.

A national historic landmark as well as a museum, the village is home to twenty-five restored shaker buildings. With 694 acres of gardens, fields, ponds and forests, the village offers tours, exhibits, workshops, and family programs, as well as some unique shopping and delicious food. The Village is open daily from May 16 through October 31 and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in November. In December, check their schedule for the “Christmas at Canterbury” program. While any time is a good time to visit, special events for any taste are scattered throughout the year. Check their schedule for information about specific events that you might be interested in.

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2 Responses to Canterbury Shaker Village

  1. Montaser says:

    thank you, Johnson’s Orchard, for hosting Art in the Orchard. My caoarld of friends enjoyed strolling through the booths in the sunshine, admiring all the creative art and jewelry. It was a perfect day; can’t wait until next year’s event!

  2. mary elva erf says:

    I am publishing a book on Shaker Ruggs (the Shaker spelling in their journals) which will be published in September 2015 by Schiffer Publishing CO. Many years ago I taught a Shaker Towel workshop and Sister Ethel Hudson visited the workshop. She said when she came to the village, the weaving of towels and rugs was no longer being done. Can you give me the date of when she came and when she died there? I have a picture of her with me at this workshop and hope it will be included in this book.
    Thank you. Mary Elva Congleton Erf author of Shaker Towels

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