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Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury, New Hampshire

The Shakers were members of a religious movement dedicated to the establishment of "heaven on Earth" through the practice of communal social organization, pacifism, celibacy, gender equality and the confession of sin. Canterbury Shaker Village is the architecture and landscape left behind by one particular Shaker community founded in 1792. Twenty-five buildings and hundreds of acres of fields, ponds, and forest make up this national historic landmark complex, but one feature stands out: the 1793 Dwelling House. It is the complex’s most important feature and also its most endangered. A Save America’s Treasures grant was used to help preserve this rare, historic structure.

Photo: Canterbury Shaker Village

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