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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

#2 of 3 things to do in New Gloucester Features Animals
707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260-2652
+1 207-926-4597
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Wonderful for Christmas Festival

Visited once in 2015 and then again this past Christmas for their festival. Brother Arnold was a... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
Not worth a detour

The place is nice but limited in what it has to offer. Fells more like a "tourist attraction" than... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“guided tour” (10 reviews)
“working farm” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260-2652
+1 207-926-4597
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Visited once in 2015 and then again this past Christmas for their festival. Brother Arnold was a very nice, honest, and hospitable host and everything was very festive. All of the volunteers really loved helping out the Shakers. I'd love to come back to help...More

Thank cmiles4774
Reviewed 2 November 2016

The place is nice but limited in what it has to offer. Fells more like a "tourist attraction" than a real one.The "active Shaker community" as it states includes 3 men living in 2 big farm house. One can get information about the shakers but...More

Thank meitardafna
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived here in time for the first guided tour of the day. There were only two other couples and so the tour felt intimate and personal. Although only shown a couple of buildings the history was fascinating and also rather sad because there are...More

Thank Ian g
Reviewed 27 September 2016

I very much enjoyed the enthusiastic and knowledge laden tour and the serene setting only enhanced the day.

Thank rjr0810
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Very educational tour - I never knew all the information that I learned about the Shakers. The history of the Shakers is very interesting and the tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and respectful of the Shakers. Not all the buildings were open...More

Thank QuiltGuru
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Spent a couple of hours, wandering the grounds, watching the animals, pondering on the past. A beautiful setting. Gracious staff answered many questions. Very spiffy store with Shaker and local products

Thank Judith S
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

This is the only shaker community that is active in the USA,established in 1783. There is a museum and shaker store. Tours are available,Memorial Day to Columbus Day daily Monday-Saturday at 10:30,11:30,12:30,1:30 2:30 and 3;15. The tour was fantastic and only last 1 hour. Their...More

Thank RhondaQ
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

What an interesting find this little village turned out to be. The history of the area is as interesting as the people and the culture. This village offers tours of their buildings and farm. The gift shop is full of Shaker handmade items. The wooden...More

Thank tbone59
Reviewed 8 July 2016

If you are interested in history, make this a must see! The farm is still a working farm - the museums are fascinating. Be sure to listen to the audio story. The docents were most friendly and informative. This is an excellent experience for young...More

Thank N. J. M
Reviewed 7 July 2016

First, I wouldn't go far out of my way to go here, unless you are very interested in the history of the Shakers and this only remaining active Shaker Village. Called Sabbathday Lake, we arrived a few minutes too late for the last tour. So...More

Thank Patti W
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is anything in the village open to the public before Memorial Day?
24 April 2017|
Response from Jamie R | Property representative |
Hi Lynn, The Museum and grounds are typically closed before Memorial Day but Sunday Meeting worship service is always open to the public. That begins promptly at 10am each Sunday. There will also be a volunteer work day on... More
We will be on a cruise, so will there be enough time to go to Shaker Village and possibly see Kennynukport as well? Do you know of any tour operators that we could use? We get into port at 8am and leave at 6pm that evening. So many exciting things to do there, but both of these are high on my list.
2 September 2015|
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Response from Mama2Girly | Reviewed this property |
Can't suggest any tour people. We relied on GPS and google maps to get around. About an hour drive between Shaker Village and Kennebunk area (we hit some traffic). Shaker village has paid guided tours of the property. Should... More