Stereoviews of Shaker Villages

In his groundbreaking book, The Shaker Image, Elmer Pearson wrote in 1974:

The importance of the stereographic views in a visual record of Shaker history should not be underestimated. When the popularity of the stereoscope was at its peak [1870-1890’s], the Shakers, changing with the times, admitted photographers to their villages and permitted them to photograph not only the exteriors of buildings, but the interiors as well. Earlier, “the world’s people” had been permitted to enter only the offices and stores of the villages.

Pearson estimated that there are more than 350 different stereographic views of the Shakers. No single Shaker museum, library, or private collection has a complete set of Shaker stereoviews.

The Shaker stereoviews on this web site are provided by Shaker Workshops for personal study, research, and teaching. They are organized by Shaker village and, within villages, by date. To view larger images of the stereoviews, please click on the thumbnail images below.

Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire

Stereoview of the Church Family from the South at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Middle Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
2. Church Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.
3. Middle Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from the North at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Island and Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
4. View from North at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.
8. Island and Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Mill at the Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village
9. Mill at the Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.
11. Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of Cook Stoves Old and Young at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of Boys and Girls at Canterbury Shaker Village
14. Cook Stoves at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.
16. Boys and Girls at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Cheese Room-Interior at Canterbury Shaker Village List of Stereoviews at Shaker Village, Canterberry, N. H. - Photographed and Published by H.A. Kimball, Concord, N. H.   Clough's name is is listed on the front of the card, but not on the reverse.
19. Cheese Room at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.
List of Stereoview in this Series
Published by Clough & Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from the South at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the North Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
2. Church Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.
5. North Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from the Office at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Church Family from the West at Canterbury Shaker Village
6. View from Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.
7. View from West at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Mill at the Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village.  Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7953 Stereoview of the Trustees Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
9. Mill at the Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.
10. Trustees Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village.  Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7954 Stereoview of the Ox Team at Canterbury Shaker Village
11. Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.
12. Ox Team at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of Dining Hall-Interior at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of School Room-Interior at Canterbury Shaker Village
15. Dining Hall at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.
17. School Room at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Cheese Room-Interior at Canterbury Shaker Village List of Stereoviews at Shaker Village, Canterbury, N. H. - Photographed and Published by H.A. Kimball, Concord, N. H.
19. Cheese Room at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by H.A. Kimball, Concord, NH.
List of Stereoviews in this Series (c. 1873)
Published by Howard A. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the General View of Village, from south-west at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Mill at the Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
1. General View of Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
9. Mill at the Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Mill at the Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Trustees Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
9. Mill at the Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
10. Trustees Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of  Boys and Girls at Canterbury Shaker Village
11. Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
16. Boys and Girls at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Dining Hall at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Dining Hall at Canterbury Shaker Village
15a. Dining Hall at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
15b. Dining Hall at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of a Young Student at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of a Young Student at Canterbury Shaker Village
20. Young Student at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
22. Getting A Drink at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of Sisters and girls at Canterbury Shaker Village List of early Stereoviews taken at Canterbury Shaker Village by W.G.C. Kimball
Sisters & Girls at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
List of Stereoviews in 1st W.G.C. Kimball Series
Published by Willis G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from S.W. at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of Flower Garden at Canterbury Shaker Village
49. Church Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
6. Flower Garden at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of Lily Pond, and Mirrored Lake at Canterbury Shaker Village
11. Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
14. Lily Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of Among the Trees near Canterbury Shaker Village List of early Stereoviews taken at Canterbury Shaker Village by W.G.C. Kimball
40. Maple Trees near Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
List of Stereoviews in this Series
Published by Willis G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from the South at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Church Family from the North at Canterbury Shaker Village
2. Church Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
4. Church Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from the Office at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Island and Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
6. Church Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
8. Island and Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of an Ox Team at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Apiary at Canterbury Shaker Village
12. Ox Team at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
13. The Apiary at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Dining Room-Interior at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the School Room-Interior at Canterbury Shaker Village
15. Dining Hall at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
17. School Room at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Cheese Room at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of a Young Student at Canterbury Shaker Village
19. Cheese Room at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
20. Young Student at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by Willis G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from the West at Canterbury Shaker Village Shaker Village, Canterbury, N. H. - Photographed and Published by W. G. C. Kimball, Concord, N. H.
23. Church Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
List of Stereoviews in this Series
Published by Willis G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of Herd of Cattle at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of a Group of little boys at Canterbury Shaker Village
Herd of Cattle at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
Group of Little Boys at Canterbury Shaker Village
Published by Willis G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from the West at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Flower Garden, with Mary and two little boys at Canterbury Shaker Village
4. Church Family at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
6. Flower Garden at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Printing Office at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village
7. Printing Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
8. Trustees Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Ox Team at Canterbury Shaker Village
9. Great Barn at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
10. Ox Team at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the hives and honey bees at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of Cook Stoves, Old and Young, at Canterbury Shaker Village
11. Hives and Bees at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
12. Cook Stoves at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Dining Hall, interior at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the School Room, with Teacher and Pupils at Canterbury Shaker Village
13. Dining Hall at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
14. School Room at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of Wm. Briggs on Tebbit's Hill at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Island and Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
21. Tebbit’s Hill at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
22. Island and Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Lily Pond and Mirrored Mill at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Herd of Cattle at Canterbury Shaker Village
25. Lily Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
26. Herd of Cattle at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Old Church at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of Geo. Clark with Old Fox at the watering trough at Canterbury Shaker Village
27. Old Church at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
28. Watering Trough at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of  Bertie-Resting at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of Shaker Boys Getting a Drink at Canterbury Shaker Village
29. Bertie Resting at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
30. Getting A Drink at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of a Group of Shaker Sisters at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of a Group of Shaker Sisters at Canterbury Shaker Village
32a. Shaker Sisters at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
32b. Shaker Sisters at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of a Group of Shaker Sisters at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of Tapping Trees and Carrying Buckets at Canterbury Shaker Village (photographed March 20, 1878
32c. Shaker Sisters at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
34. Tapping Trees at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of an Exhibition of maple sugar, and candy at Canterbury Shaker Village Stereoview of the Church Family from the Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
37. Maple Sugar at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
48. View From Office at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church on Sunday A. M. at Canterbury Shaker Village (photographed June 30, 1878) Stereoview of Strangers Leaving the Church at Canterbury Shaker Village on June 30, 1878
56. Sunday A. M. at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
57. Leaving Church at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by Willis G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Church on Sunday A. M. at Canterbury Shaker Village (photographed June 30, 1878) Stereoview of the Island and Lily Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
58. Island and Lily Pond at Canterbury Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
List of Stereoviews in 4th W.G.C. Kimball Series
Published by Willis G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Enfield Shaker Village, Enfield, Connecticut

Barn at the North Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village.  Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7955 Stereoview of the Wash House at the South Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village
Barn at North Family Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives
Wash House at SF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Photographer Unknown

Stereoview of the Office at the North Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village Stereoview of the Sisters' Work House at the North Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village
1. Office at North Family Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Courtesy of Shaker Museum – Mt. Lebanon
2. Sisters Work House at NF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Goldsmith & Lazelle Photographers, Springfield, MA

Stereoview of a General view of the North Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village List of Views of Shaker Village, Enfield, Conn. - Goldsmith & Lazelle, Landscape & Portrait Photographers, Springfield, Mass.
3. General View of NF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Courtesy of Shaker Museum – Mt. Lebanon
List of Stereoviews in this Series
Goldsmith & Lazelle Photographers, Springfield, MA

Stereoview of the Trustee's Office at the Church Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village Stereoview of the Church (Meeting House) the Church Family at Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village
1. Office at CF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Goldsmith & Lazelle Photographers, Springfield, MA
2. Church at CF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

Stereoview of the Dwelling House at the Church Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village Stereoview of the Old Church at the Church Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village
3. Dwelling House at CF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Goldsmith & Lazelle Photographers, Springfield, MA
4. Old Church at CF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Goldsmith & Lazelle Photographers, Springfield, MA

Stereoview of the Dining Hall at the Church Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village Stereoview of the Dining Hall at the Church Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village
5a. Dining Hall at CF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Courtesy Shaker Museum – Mt. Lebanon
5b. Dining Hall at CF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Courtesy Shaker Museum – Mt. Lebanon

Stereoview of the Depot at Shaker Station at the Church Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village Stereoview of the View from Shaker Station at the Church Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village
7. Depot at Shaker Station CF Enfield, CT
Courtesy Shaker Museum – Mt. Lebanon
8. View from Shaker Station CF Enfield, CT
Courtesy Shaker Museum – Mt. Lebanon

Stereoview of the Church Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village List of Views of Shaker Village, Enfield, Conn. - Goldsmith & Lazelle, Landscape & Portrait Photographers, Springfield, Mass.
Stereoview Coming Soon
Goldsmith & Lazelle Photographers, Springfield, MA
List of Stereoviews in this Series
Goldsmith & Lazelle Photographers, Springfield, MA

Stereoview of the Dwelling House at the South Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village Stereoview of a General View of the South Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village
1. Dwelling House at SF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Photograph by E. J. Lazelle, Springfield, MA
2. View of South Family at Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Photograph by E. J. Lazelle, Springfield, MA

Stereoview of the Street Looking South at the South Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village Stereoview of the Yard Inclosure at the South Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village
4. Street View at SF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Photograph by E. J. Lazelle, Springfield, MA
5. Yard Enclosure at SF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Photograph by E. J. Lazelle, Springfield, MA

Stereoview of a Family Group at the South Family, Enfield, Connecticut Shaker Village List of Views of the South Family at Shaker Village, Enfield, Conn. - E. J. Lazelle, Landscape & Portrait Photographer, Springfield, Mass.
8. Family Group at SF Enfield, CT Shaker Village
Photograph by E. J. Lazelle, Springfield, MA
List of Stereoviews in this Series
Published by Edward J. Lazelle, Springfield, MA

Enfield Shaker Village, Enfield, New Hampshire

Stereoview of the Church Family Garden Looking East at Enfield, NH Shaker Village Stereoview of the Church Family Garden Looking West at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Garden Looking East at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by E.T. Brigham, Lebanon, NH.
Garden Looking West at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Published by E.T. Brigham, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village taken from Mt. Assurance Stereoview of the Trustees Office (left) and Great Stone Dwelling (center) at Enfield Shaker Village
Church Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by E.T. Brigham, Lebanon, NH.
Dwelling House at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by E.T. Brigham, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village taken from the Northwest Stereoview of the South Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village taken from the Northwest
View of Church Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by E.T. Brigham, Lebanon, NH.
View of South Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by E.T. Brigham, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview of the Enfield, NH Shaker Village Reverse side of the stereoviews in this E.T. Brigham series.
Stereoview Coming Soon
Photograph by E.T. Brigham, Lebanon, NH.
Reverse Side of Stereoviews in this Series
Published by Ephraim T. Brigham, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview of the Church Family from Mt. Assurance at Enfield, NH Shaker Village. Stereoview of the Church Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village. Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7941
Church Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.
Church Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.

Stereoview of the Trustees Office and Great Stone Dwelling at Enfield, NH Shaker Village. Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7941 Stereoview of the Church Family Garden at Enfield, NH Shaker Village.
Church Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.
Church Family Garden at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview of the Distant View of Church Family Buildings and Mascoma Lake from Mountain at Enfield, NH Shaker Village - Stereoview Looking east, Garden and Lake in foreground at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
1. Distant View of Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.
5. Garden and Lake at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview Looking east from road, north side of Stone Dwelling in foreground at Enfield, NH Shaker Village Stereoview of the Dining Hall at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
9. View from Road at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.
13. Dining Hall at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview of the Shaker Bridge, across Mascoma Lake in Enfield, NH List of Photographic Views, Shaker Village, Enfield, N. H. - C. E. Lewis, Photographer, Lebanon, N. H.
19. Shaker Bridge in Enfield, NH
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.
List of Stereoviews in this Series (c. 1888)
Published by Charles E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview of the South Family at Enfield Shaker Village Stereoview of Shakers at the South Family Office at Enfield, NH
View of South Family at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.
Office at South Family Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by C. E. Lewis, Lebanon, NH.

Stereoview Looking north east, Barn, and Lake beyond at Enfield, NH Shaker Village Stereoview Looking south-east, Church, Shop, and Lake in the foreground at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
3. Looking North East at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
5. Looking South East at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Veranda of Stone Dwelling House at Enfield Shaker Village Stereoview of the Veranda of Stone Dwelling House at Enfield Shaker Village
11a. Veranda at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
11b. Veranda at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Old Church built 1793 at Enfield, NH Shaker Village Stereoview of Boys drinking at well in Church door yard at Enfield Shaker Village
12. Meeting House at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
16. Boys Drinking at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Dining Hall at Enfield, NH Shaker Village Stereoview of Children at music lesson at Enfield Shaker Village
18. Dining Hall at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
20. Music Lesson at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of Room No. 7 in the Stone Dwelling House at Enfield, NH Shaker Village Stereoview of Room No. 7, Stone Dwelling House at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
23. Room No. 7 at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
24. Room No. 7 at Enfield, NH Shaker Village
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Stereoview of the Enfield, NH Shaker Village List of Photographic Views. Shaker Village, Enfield, N.H. - W. G. C. Kimball, Photographer, Concord, N. H.
Stereoview Coming Soon
Photograph by W.G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.
List of Stereoviews in this Series (c. 1878)
Published by Willis G.C. Kimball, Concord, NH.

Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock, Massachusetts

West View of the Church Family, Hancock, Massachusetts Shaker Village.  Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7935 Dwelling House at the Church Family, Hancock, Massachusetts Shaker Village.  Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7939
Church Family at Hancock Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.
Dwelling House at CF Hancock Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.

Round Barn at the Church Family, Hancock, Massachusetts Shaker Village.  Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7936 West View of the East Family, Hancock, Massachusetts Shaker Village.  Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7937
Round Barn at CF Hancock Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.
East Family at Hancock Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.

Dwelling House at the East Family, Hancock, Massachusetts Shaker Village.  Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7964 Trustee's
Dwelling House at EF Hancock Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.
Trustee’s Office at EF Hancock Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.

Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village, Mt. Lebanon, New York

Stereoview of the Meeting House at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the School Room in the Canaan Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
Meeting House at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
School Room at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the Church Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the Seed Garden in the Church Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
Church Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Garden View at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the Church Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the Center Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
Church Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Center Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the North Family looking North at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the North Family looking South at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
North Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
North Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village Looking N.W. from Office Stereoview taken from Barn of the North Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village N.W. from Office
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.
North Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of Road to Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the Meeting House at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
Road to Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Meeting House at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

Stereoview of the Great Stone Barn at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the Shaker School in the Church Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Great Stone Barn at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.
Shaker School at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

Stereoview of a Group of Shakers at the North Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of a Group of Shakers at the North Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
Shakers at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.
Shakers at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

Stereoview of Shaker Sisters at the Upper Canaan Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of Shaker Sisters at the Second Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
Canaan Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Canaan Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the Church Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of  the Church Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
Church Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Courtesy of Shaker Museum – Mt. Lebanon.
Church Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the North Family Garden at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of  the South Family at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
North Family Garden at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
South Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the Mt. Lebanon Shaker Church Stereoview of the Street View at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
13. Mt. Lebanon Shaker Church
Photograph by O. B. Buell, Pittsfield, MA.
14. Mt. Lebanon Street View
Photograph by O. B. Buell, Pittsfield, MA.

Stereoview of the Store at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the Shaker School at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
16. Mt. Lebanon Shaker Store-Interior
Photograph by O. B. Buell, Pittsfield, MA.
17. Mt. Lebanon Shaker School
Photograph by O. B. Buell, Pittsfield, MA.

Stereoview of Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village Looking N.W. from Office Views at New Lebanon Springs and Mt. Lebanon Shakers. Published by O. B. Buell Pittsfield Mass.
20. Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village N.W. from Office
Photograph by O. B. Buell, Pittsfield, MA.
List of Stereoviews in this Series (1872)
Published by Oliver B. Buell, Pittsfield, MA.

Stereoview of the Church Family Store at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the Brick House and Ministries Dwelling in the Church Family at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
1. Store at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by A. J. Alden, Pittsfield, MA.
9. Brick House at CF Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by A. J. Alden, Pittsfield, MA.

Stereoview of the Meeting House at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the Village Looking South from the Barn at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
12. Meeting House at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by A. J. Alden, Pittsfield, MA.
27. Looking South at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by A. J. Alden, Pittsfield, MA.

Stereoview of the Brick House at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Photographs of Shaker Village Mt. Lebanon, Columbia Co. N. Y. -  A. J. Alden, Photographer, Pittsfield, Mass.
Brick House at CF Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Photograph by A. J. Alden, Pittsfield, MA.
List of Stereoviews in this Series (c.1880)
Published by Augustus J. Alden, Pittsfield, MA.

Stereoview of the Oldest Shakers at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Dolly Sexton and Rufus Crossman, the two oldest members at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village in 1879
Oldest Shakers at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village 1879
Photograph by A. J. Alden, Pittsfield, MA.
Reverse Side with Description
Published by Augustus J. Alden, Pittsfield, MA.

Stereoview of the Brick Dwelling House at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village Stereoview of the Shaker Barn at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
Brick Dwelling House at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
McDonald & Sterry, Photographers – Albany, NY.
Shaker Barn at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Published by William Nugent, Pittsfield, MA.

Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Stereoview of the Center Family Dwelling from the East at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village Stereoview of the Center Family Dwelling from the West at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
Center Family Dwelling at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
Photograph by Edward H. Fox, Danville, KY.
Courtesy of Shaker Museum – Mount Lebanon.
Center Family Dwelling at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
Photograph by Edward H. Fox, Danville, KY.
Courtesy of Shaker Museum – Mount Lebanon.

Stereoview of the East Family Dwelling from the West at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village Photographs of Shaker Village Pleasant Hill, Kentucky -  Edward H. Fox, Photographer, Danville, Kentucky.
East Family Dwelling at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
Photograph by Edward H. Fox, Danville, KY.
Courtesy of Shaker Museum – Mount Lebanon.
List of Stereoviews in this Series
Published by Edward H. Fox, Danville, KY.
Courtesy of Shaker Museum – Mount Lebanon.

Stereoview of Shaker Ferry Road near Pleasant Hill Shaker Village Stereoview of Shaker Ferry Road near Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
24. Shaker Ferry Road near Pleasant Hill, KY
Photograph by Carpenter & Mullen, Lexington, KY.
Courtesy University of Kentucky Special Collections .
27. Shaker Ferry Road near Pleasant Hill, KY
Photograph by Carpenter & Mullen, Lexington, KY.
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

Stereoview of Shaker Ferry Road near Pleasant Hill Shaker Village Stereoview of Shaker Ferry Road near Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
2011. Shaker Ferry Road near Pleasant Hill, KY
Photograph by James Mullen, Lexington, KY.
2012. Shaker Ferry Road near Pleasant Hill, KY
Photograph by James Mullen, Lexington, KY.

Shirley Shaker Village, Shirley, Massachusetts

Stereoview of the Boys' Shop at Shirley Shaker Village Stereoview of an Ox Team and Other Scenery at Shirley Shaker Village. Source: Williams College Archives: Digital Collections, http://williamscollegearchives.omeka.net/items/show/7943
Boys House & Barn at Shirley Shaker Village
Photograph by J. C. Moulton, Fitchburg, MA.
13. Ox Team at Shirley Shaker Village
Courtesy of Williams College Archives.

Stereoview of the Sisters' Shop and Laundry at Shirley Shaker Village Reverse Side of Stereoviews in this J. C. Moulton Series
14. Sisters Shop & Laundry at Shirley Shaker Village
Photograph by J. C. Moulton, Fitchburg, MA.
Reverse Side of Stereoviews in this Series (1871)
Published by Joseph C. Moulton, Fitchburg, MA.

North Union Shaker Village, Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Ohio

Stereoview of the Grist Mill at North Union Shaker Village Dudley A. Cozad's Series of Suburban Views of Cleveland Taken By Horace D. Udall, Landscape Photographer, Cleveland, Ohio.
Grist Mill at North Union Shaker Village
Photograph by Horace D. Udall, Cleveland, OH.
List of Stereoviews in this Series (c.1874)
Published by Dudley A. Cozad, Cleveland, OH.

Watervliet Shaker Village, Watervliet, New York

Stereoview of Brothers Nehemiah White, Ogden Buckingham, and Austin Buckingham at the Great Gate at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village, circa 1869. Stereoview of a Group of Shakers at the Great Gate at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village
Shaker Brothers at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Group of Shakers at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the Church Family from the Great Gate, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village Stereoview of the Church Family Yard at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village
Church Family at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Church Yard at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the Grist Mill at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village Stereoview of the Small Barn at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village
Grist Mill at CF Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Small Barn at CF Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the road leading to the Great Gate and Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village Stereoview of a Group of Shakers at the Great Gate at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village
Great Gate at CF Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Group of Shakers at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of the Church Family Yard at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village Stereoview of the Trustees Office at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village
Church Family at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Trustees Office at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of Shaker Sisters in front of Sisters Workshop at the Church Family, Watervliet, NY Shaker Village Stereoview of Shaker Sisters at the Watervliet, NY Shaker Village
Shaker Sisters at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.
Shaker Sisters at Watervliet Shaker Village
Photograph by James Irving, Troy, NY.

Stereoview of Brother Nehemiah White (on right, without hat) and Shaker boys at the Watervliet, NY Shaker Village, circa 1870. Stereoview of a Group of Shakers at the North Family, Mount Lebanon, NY Shaker Village
Shaker Boys at Watervliet Shaker Village
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.
Shakers at NF Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

Stereoscopes and the Shakers

Stereoviews (properly called “stereograph cards”) consist of two nearly identical photographs paired to produce the illusion of a single three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope. Soon after Oliver Wendell Holmes invented a simplified stereoscope in Boston about 1859, the Shakers and their villages became a popular subject for photographers.

In 1872, Shaker Brother Nelson Chase of the Enfield, New Hampshire Shaker community invented a “new and Improved Pocket Stereoscope.” Click here to read a copy of the patent granted to him by the U.S. Patent Office (“Improvement in Folding Stereoscopes”, Patent No. 129,100, dated July 16, 1872). Chase’s stereoscopes are extremely rare today and are sought after by Shaker collectors.

Chase's Improved Folding Stereoscope Chase's Improved Folding Stereoscope
Chase’s Improved Folding Stereoscope
Photograph courtesy Stereographica.com
Chase’s Improved Folding Stereoscope
Photograph courtesy of Charlton Hall Galleries

Collecting Shaker Stereoviews

If you’d like to begin collecting Shaker stereoviews or similar items, may we recommend that you contact Scott DeWolfe or Frank Wood at DeWolfe and Wood Rare Books in Alfred, Maine. Click here to see their web site, which has a special section listing Shaker material for sale. For additional items, don’t hesitate to telephone them.

Special thanks to the collectors who have agreed to make scans of their Shaker stereoviews available for use on this web page.

Additional Reading

Elmer R. Pearson & Julia Neal. The Shaker Image (Pittsifeld, Massachusetts: Hancock Shaker Village, Inc., 1994). Second and annotated edition. Annotations, appendices and index by Dr. Magda Gabor-Hotchkiss. Many of the stereoviews shown above are illustrated (in black and white) and further described, with identifications of person, buildings, dates, and photographers.

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