Friday, September 2, 2016

Travel: Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, New Hampshire

The Enfield Shaker Museum
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While Kevin and I were driving to Montreal, we saw a road sign for a Shaker Museum.  Since we weren’t in a hurry, we decided to stop and explore.  The Enfield Shaker Museum is fascinating!

The Shakers are a Christian religious sect that came to America in 1774 and whose followers believed in communal living, equality among all people, pacifism, public confession of sin and complete abstinence. They formed communities where they grew their own food, raised livestock and adopted trades that allowed them to make and/or build what they needed or to sell as an income source.

A tour of the Enfield Shaker Museum begins with a brief video that explains who the Shakers are and their belief system. Next, a docent guided us through the living quarters and provided a detailed account of what day-to-day Shaker life was like. We were also able to see Shaker-made tools and furniture. After that, we were on our own to see the gardens and the West Brethen Shop, a workshop which shows how the famous Shaker brooms are made.

Unfortunately, photography in the main museum isn’t allowed, but I was able to take a few pictures on the grounds. If learning about this intriguing group interests you, be sure to visit the Enfield Shaker Museum!

the West Brethen Shop

A Shaker invention-a seed planting machine

the gardens

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for visiting us and for the wonderful photos. We do allow photography in the main building but not in the three exhibit rooms. We apologize for the confusion. If you are in the area, please come again. Also, check out our calendar of programs at!

    Museum Staff