New Hampshire October 19, 2017
Step Back In Time For A Day At This Historic Village In New Hampshire
In this hectic, harried day and age, it can be hard to disconnect from computer screens and cell phones and stay in touch with the parts of life that really matter. Sometimes a change of scenery does the trick – and as it turns out, a short drive to a historic village in New Hampshire will make you feel like you’re a million miles away from it all.
Canterbury Shaker Village was established in 1792 by the followers of Mother Ann Lee, and operated as a religious community until the last Shaker in residence died in 1992. Since then, it's been open to the public as a fascinating museum.
The Shakers lived a pacifist, celibate life in which men and women were completely equal. Members joined by converting, and the community also took in orphaned and abandoned children.
Today, the village is a perfect place to learn about the Shaker heritage and lifestyle. The museum seeks to convey the story of 200 years of Shaker life in Canterbury through exhibits and demonstrations.
Visitors can take guided or self-guided tours across the property's 700 acres of land and numerous historic buildings.
The guided tours are definitely the way to go, since the knowledgable leaders will give you plenty of insight into the history and way of life of the Shakers, including the numerous crafts at which they excelled.
You may know Shakers for their fine furniture - and of course this village was home to many master carpenters. The woodshop is one of the areas of the property that you can tour.
You're certain to be fascinated by the simple beauty of the buildings and by the richness of the lives that were lived in them. Keep an eye out for the museum's special events and demonstrations, too - they'll give you an even deeper look into the Shaker lifestyle.
For the two or three hours it takes to explore the property, you'll be transported to a different time - and you'll likely find it strangely soothing.
There's also a fantastic museum store where you can buy all sorts of high-quality handicrafts. This is the perfect place to get ahead on your holiday shopping!
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