Friday, June 19, 2015

A Visit to the Canterbury Shaker Village

Welcome to the Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire

The Shakers were known for their pacifist, celibate religion,
and also for their simple, rural lifestyle

This is the schoolhouse of the Canterbury Shaker community.
The Shakers took in orphans, hoping some would stay
to expand their community population.

The outhouse of the orphanage

The schoolhouse interior

Besides farming, the Shaker community had many industries such as
furniture and box making, seed catalogs, medicines and syrups, home made brooms, etc.
This is the bee house

This is the interior of the syrup house (not maple syrup, but medicinal syrups)

The workshop for canning syrups and other food products

Shaker boxes are still made here, and locally, and sold in the gift shop

The Shakers invented the flat broom, and there were many steps involved
in the manufacture of these brooms.  They were so popular that they sold extra brooms
for additional income.  You can still buy these brooms in the gift shop. 

A demonstration of flat broom making, and the machinery that the
Shakers developed to make these brooms is still in use.

Beautiful Shaker chairs for sale in the gift shop

The Canterbury Shaker Village website

Yes, I had Shakers in my family tree!  Click here to read a blog post from last Tuesday that lists the Shakers I found in my family tree, and how you can see if there are any Shakers in your family."

Published under a Creative Commons License
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Visit to the Canterbury Shaker Village", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 19, 2015 ( : accessed [access date]). 

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