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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Shakers of Canterbury, NH, In Sickness and in Death

The Canterbury Shaker Village is located in Canterbury, New Hampshire. I thought this post might be of interest to those who have Shaker ancestors in their tree. Unfortunately, I don't, but I still found it interesting in the way they kept death records, reordered where the dead were buried and what the women wore when they were buried. This post is about in sickness and in death. We didn't get a tour on the Sunday we went, so the post is basically photos of what is inside the Infirmary (shown below). The next post is "What a Lovely Place to Live," seen HERE. Many photos of their houses, work sites and land they lived on.
Infirmary, originally built in 1811.

"Canterbury Shaker Village was established in 1792 when followers of founder Mother Ann Lee formed their seventh community in Canterbury, NH, which remained prominent for 200 years. The Village has operated exclusively as a museum since 1992 when the last Shaker sister in residence, Ethel Hudson, died. The few remaining Shakers live at the Shaker Village in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. At its height in the 1850s, 300 people lived and worked in over 100 buildings on 3,000 acres at Canterbury Shaker Village. "From:

First room we saw was the doctor's office. Doctors from the town would come to this house and see patients.


Sitting or waiting area.

Sick room, above, the following might be for recovery or night nurses.

Kitchen used  for the patients and staff, like the doctors and nurses.
A bonnet (with initials of the deceased) and  stockings were put on person before they were buried.
Wooden Casket

Record book of the deaths (enlarged page below).

  As stated, this is the Cemetery Chart for 1794-1971
Actual tombstones.
“In 1903, the Canterbury Shaker Ministry decided to follow that recommendation and removed the gravestones. A year later, they received the gift of a single granite stone from friends of the community. It was simply inscribed “Shakers.” This monument was placed in the middle of the burial site where it remains today.” (See last photo for this statement.)


Janice Brown said...

As always your stories are full of great photographs! (What camera do you use?). The Shakers were an amazing group of men and women. I have never thought about their infirmary, but of course they had to have one! I believe they made their own medicines. I love everything you write about.

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you Janice for the kind words. No fancy camera for me. I use both an iPad and a Sony aim and shoot. Nothing special, so actually I really do take pictures of what I see. But, I do think about the lighting, people, background and always hope for blue sky with big puffy clouds.

Regarding the infirmary, it was only open that Sunday from 10-12! We were indeed lucky. I imagine in high season, it's probably open more frequently, I would hope.

Part 2 will be posted this afternoon. There were wa too many pictures for one post.

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing these great photos, Barbara. The Shakers have fascinated me for years but I've yet to visit a Shaker Village. One of these days we'll head to the one in Kentucky. I know that the Shakers were celibate so I don't imagine there would be many descendants other than the children whose parents joined after the children were born or those who left the order. But I could be wrong. Thanks again.

Barbara Poole said...

Good question about the descendants. I do know that when this village was down to just a few Shakers, they removed to another village in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, can't remember where. Unfortunately, there wasn't a tour when I was there, but I'll try to remember that question, as I'd like to go again. This one is less than 2 hours away, the other is closer to 3. Thanks, Nancy for writing.

Lori Lyn said...

I want to come see this! Thanks for letting us know. I love your pictures

Barbara Poole said...

You can get there, it would take a little over 2 hours. It's a perfect place for you, you can study all those medicines! Thanks for the compliment.