Travel American Shaker Communities

The National Park Service invites you to explore stories, places, and the people of American Shaker Communities. The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing - known as the Shakers - was founded in Manchester England in the 18th-century. It was brought to the United States by Mother Ann Lee in 1774. They eventually founded 19 communities within the country, though only the Sabbathday Shaker Community in Maine exists today.

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Trip Idea: Travel Shaker History

Need weekend trip ideas? Fit Shaker sites in Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Ohio into your itinerary!

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Stories

The United Society of Believers (Shakers) was founded in Manchester England. Learn about how this religion was formed

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Shakerism in America

Shakerism was brought to the United States by Mother Ann Lee in 1774. Eventually there were 19 communities spread throughout the country

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People

Ann Lee, born in Manchester, England, expanded the Shaker religion to the United States in 1774

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Lucy Wright

Lucy Wright was one of the first Shaker leaders born in the United States, and was responsible for spreading the religion across the country

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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine was founded in 1782 and is the only surviving Shaker community in the world

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Mount Lebanon Shaker Society

Mount Lebanon was the spiritual center of Shaker Society. It set architectural and commercial standards for other Shaker communities

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Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill was the first Shaker community founded in Kentucky, and is known for its architectural feats

Last updated: March 26, 2018

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