Turn a page to another time and find yourself in a pastoral setting when you visit the only active Shaker Community in the world located near New Gloucester, Maine. The day was beautiful, the buildings constructed long ago of simple clean lines.
During the 1850’s and 1860’s the community cared for young boys with a watchful eye. The boys shared in the work of the community. These rooms are part of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum.
The meeting house offers two entrances. Men and women were kept separated even for worship, and for all parts of their life.
There is a garden and a working farm which today is worked by others since there are only a few Shaker members of the community still living.
The Shakers are known for their beautifully simple furniture. Much of the furniture we saw was 19th century and reflected their craft and carefulness.
The store offers some of the products they make and sell.
There is a large herb barn not presently open to the public.
I found it a calming place and the tour excellent. Pictures are not allowed inside of many of the buildings. It is Maine’s largest National Historic Landmark.
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