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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

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707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260-2652
+1 207-926-4597
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Very Interesting and Im so glad I visited

Such an informative tour guide, We enjoyed our visit and wish we could have met the Shakers that... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
bibbmon
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Georgetown, Texas
A Living American History Experience

An authentic Shaker community within which live two active members. The volunteer staff provide... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
linda g
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Connecticut
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The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum is located within the perimeters of the only active and functioning Shaker Community in the world. The museum was first organized in 1931 by Sisters Iona Sedgley and Ethel Peacock in hopes of educating the public about the "truths" of Shakerism. Thousands of visitors have come to explore this unique and sacred place of work and worship. Six of the 18 existing structures at Sabbathday Lake are open to the public. Throughout these buildings there are twenty-seven exhibit rooms which explore a continuum of over 200 years of Shaker heritage in the Maine Communities. We request that all visitors remember that this site is a home and to respect the privacy and work schedules of the Shaker Community. With the exceptions of the Shaker Store and Museum Visitors' Center, access to any building is restricted by guided tour only. 1-hour guided tours leave our Visitors' Center every hour on the half hour beginning at 10:30am with the last tour leaving at 3:15pm. The Shaker Museum is open from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. Open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm EST. Please note that the Museum and grounds are closed on Sundays but Sunday Meeting worship is open to the public. We offer a full schedule of workshops, concerts, and special events throughout the year, please visit our website for our full calendar of events.
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707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260-2652
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Such an informative tour guide, We enjoyed our visit and wish we could have met the Shakers that are still there. You will learn alot about their life and it is beautiful surroundings.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

An authentic Shaker community within which live two active members. The volunteer staff provide tours which are not to be missed. We visited several buildings that housed artifacts from several periods during which the Shakers were thriving in Maine. We enjoyed seeing the photos exhibited...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Our outstanding tour guide Diantha brought to life the everyday rhythms of this Shaker community in Maine, from the 1800's to the present day. Of course, it helped to be in the company of four college friends on a beautiful late summer day... We were...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

What a peaceful, amazing place. You get to see the Shakers as they are now, and as they were 100 years ago. There is a shop set up with vintage items that the sisters sold during the turn of the century. Old handmade sewing baskets,...More

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

A wonderful place to visit, with museum, exhibition and stores of local products. If available take the one hour plus tour, which is very informative and well paced. Very tempting and attractive (mostly handcrafted) products in the Store to round off your visit.

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

It's the place where two Shakers live, work and worship. Because of that, there are limits to what you can access with and without a docent. This makes sense, as I think the reader would agree that you wouldn't want strangers coming into your home/property...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

The last active Shaker village on earth! Go now before the last 2 residents pass and take this wonderfully pure and simple way of life with them. Pay the $10 and take the guided tour, it's the only way you'll get inside the buildings and...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

except for its history, there is nothing else to say. uninteresting items in their shop.They could do so much more. Pretty setting though. Very peaceful and quiet.

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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We took the guided tour by Don and learned so much about the Shakers and their history. There are only two Shakers left in this country and they reside here. You can tour many original buildings and see many of their inventions. There is a...More

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Jamie R, Front Office Manager at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you so much! We are glad that you had a great time here! Hope we will see you again soon.

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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

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LynnF1974
24 April 2017|
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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
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goldee10
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
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