Canterbury Shaker Village
Come experience a living Shaker community - Canterbury Shaker Village. Discover the purposeful way of life practiced by the Shakers from the 1780's to today.
Shakers lived apart in self-contained communities from Maine to Kentucky. Within their villages they practiced equality of the sexes and races, common ownership of goods, celibacy and pacifism. They strove to make their villages an earthly heaven. Two hundred years of devoting their "Hands to Work and Hearts to God" created a legacy of architecture, furniture, crafts, inventions and song greatly admired today.
Canterbury Shaker Village was founded in the 1780's, the sixth of nineteen Shaker communities. At its peak in 1860, some 300 people lived, worked and worshipped in 100 buildings on 4,000 acres, and made their living from farming, selling seeds and herbs, manufacturing medicines, and making crafts.
Experience the Shakers' "Kindly welcome." Experts on Shaker history guide you through a world of beautiful images preserved through the ongoing care of manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, and original buildings.
Skilled craftsmen recreate the traditional Shaker crafts of broommaking, oval box making, woodworking, poplarware, spinning and weaving.
Enter through our gate into another world - gentle, serene, inspiring. Feel the spirit of a community rich in values. Discover Shaker traditions through a guided tour, changing exhibits and demonstrations of timeless crafts. Better still, enter our world time and again as we celebrate the seasons and holidays as the Shakers did.
Open: May 14 - October 21, 2016. Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
October 22, 23, 29 & 30: 10:00-4:00 pm for Guided Tours Only
The Village will be open the day following Thanksgiving, Friday November 29 from 10:00 – 4:00.
Weekends in November (including Friday, November 25): 10:00-4:00 pm for Guided Tours Only.
Located in the Visitor Center, the business offices of Canterbury Shaker Village are open year-round Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 5:00.
Museum Store: The Museum Store is open according the following schedule.
•Tuesday-Saturday, April 1-May 13, 10:00– 4:00 pm
•Daily, May 14– December 23: 10:00– 5:00 pm*
*(Open until 8:00 pm during Ghost Encounters and Christmas at Canterbury)
•The store will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
You may place an order by calling 603-783-9511 ext. 221; for more information about the Store, click here.
The Shaker Lunch Box & Farm Stand: The Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand offers light lunch options (sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods) as well as snacks, drinks, and locally produced food items such as maple syrup. The Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand has indoor and outdoor seating and is open daily from 10am-4pm, mid-May through October. More information.
The Shaker Table: We are pleased to be partnering with the Lakes Region Community College’s Culinary Arts program at The Shaker Table. In addition to running their classes out of our restaurant, they will be providing lunch to visitors three days a week. More information.
Administrative Offices: Year-round, Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 pm. Located in the Visitor Center, the business offices of Canterbury Shaker Village are open year-round.
Admissions is located on the main floor of the Visitors Center. Admission fees support the preservation of the Village, its collections, and visitor programs.
General admission includes all guided tours, exhibits, and self-guided areas. Tickets are good for two consecutive days, except on special event days.
Groups of 20 or more are eligible for reduced rates with advance appointment: no additional discounts apply. Dates and times are flexible for private groups with reservations. Please call the Village at 603-783-9511 ext. 222 for more information.
Pets, other than service animals, are not allowed in the Village.
Adults: $17.00 ($10.00 in the month of November)
Youth (6 yrs. to 17 yrs): $8.00
Children (5 yrs and younger): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 or more children, ages 6 to 17): $42.00
Adult Groups (20 or more adults): $13.00 per person with advance reservation.
Canterbury Shaker Village, Inc. is a nonprofit educational corporation supported by gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations and from admissions and sales of gifts, crafts, and food.
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
Canterbury Shaker Village is located in Canterbury, 20 minutes north of Concord, N.H. and is easily accessible from Interstate 93. Northbound: I-93 to Exit 15E, I-393 to 106N. 7 miles, turn left onto Shaker Road, go 3 miles. Southbound: I-93 to Exit 20, left on U.S. 3, 140E, follow signs to Shaker Village.
Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Rd.
Canterbury, New Hampshire 03224
Web Site: www.shakers.org
For information on activities and events
at Canterbury Shaker Village,
please go to our Calendar of Shaker Events