Canterbury Shaker Village

225 years

Canterbury Shaker Village is an internationally-known non-profit museum founded in 1969, dedicated to preserving the heritage and 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers.

Designated as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural integrity and significance, the Village has 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement.

The Shakers loved photography & left behind a rich collection of images captured of everyday life.

The first telephone in Canterbury was at Shaker Village

A space for everything the Shakers used and needed

Picnic basket

Art, among the talents shared

The Shakers embraced modern ways

Invented the broom

Known for their exceptional woodworking: chairs, desks, bureaus, boxes, and functional tools

The Shakers of Canterbury were pioneers in making re-pressed bricks – those compressed in a metal mold to form perfect rectangles. “Shaker trustee Francis Winkley noted in 1824 that the village had ‘made a Brick yard in [the Lake] meadow and halled a building there for its convenience and dug clay…’

... still visible today in the many chimneys throughout the Village and in the elegant brickwork ...

Known for the unique style of celebration and dancing

Shakers were known for their textiles & Shaker cloaks

Known for advancing modern washing machines (background)

All images captured July 9, 2017 at the 225 year celebration. Original museum founders Bud Thompson, 95, and his wife Nancy, 86, and their son Darryl, who still works at the Village as a tour guide sharing his lifetime of knowledge of the Shakers with visitors, were all present for the celebration.

Kathie Fife Photography Instagram @kathiefifenh

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