My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Canterbury Shaker Village, What a Lovely Place to Live

The Canterbury Shaker Village was the former home to Shakers for several hundred years. It is now an outdoor museum, with various buildings open on certain days and times. We went on a Sunday, and it was quiet, but I imagine many tourists visit as well as bus loads of students. What a peaceful place to walk around and peek into the houses to see where the Shakers lived, worshiped and worked. There is a map at the end of this post, and the active link will pull up the map which will allow you to click on all the buildings and read about them.

It's been about 15 years since I last visited. The first time, there were children running all over the place. The next time, we went at night for a elegant home cooked dinner, reservations only for this special event. Being a fussy eater, I still remember eating my first broccoli and cheese soup and a pork dish, everything made with items from the garden and their raised pigs. Unfortunately, they no longer do this.

Earlier today, I posted The Shakers of Canterbury, NH, In Sickness and in Death, there is more information and photos at that site.

I'm sharing some pictures of Sunday's wonderful quiet day.

The Meeting House, a place of worship. 
Meeting House, side view and the interior.

Dwelling House.

The Shakers are well-known for building storage units, such as cabinets and drawers into the walls.

They made their own clothes, see the sewing machine?
Syrup Shop, (above and below)
They made syrup, did canning and packed seeds to sell.

Brooms were made here, and the printing press was in this room.

To activate this map, click on the below link.