The Canterbury Shaker Village near Manchester, New Hampshire. The village is a historic site and museum in Canterbury dictated to the Shakers who were a Christian sect in the late 18th to the late 19th century in New England. They built the village in early 1792.
The village contains 25 restored original buildings, 4 reconstructed buildings, and close to 700 acres of gardens, nature trails, fields, forests, and mill ponds. There are many things to see on the tour including the herb garden, the original meeting house, an apiary, a laundry, the ministry, the infirmary, the schoolhouse and much more. On the tour, visitors will be able to see box making in the carpenter’s shop as well as see furniture and other crafts in the carriage house gift shop.
Even though the Shakers are known for their furniture, they also had a knack for growing herbs. They actually specialized in herbal medicine and sold them throughout the country. The village actually contains two intact buildings that are still in their original locations. The first-generation meetinghouse which was built in 1792 and the Dwelling house which was built in 1793 are still in the spots in which they were originally built.
To make the visit complete, visitors can have an authentic Shaker lunch in the Greenwood’s Restaurant located at the Shaker Village. The Shaker Village offers a calendar full of events and workshops where participates learn to make crafts, cook food, and many other activities. It is through the events that The Village hopes to take some mystery out of the Shaker way of life.