Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester

#32 of 76 in Historic Sites in Maine
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Museum and Store are open Memorial Day weekend through Indigenous Peoples' Day. Our online store is always open!

Established in 1783, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester is home to the only active Shaker Community in the world today. Situated on 1,800 acres of farm and forest land with seventeen historic structures from the 1780s through the 1950s, the Village continues to be a place where Shakers live, work, and worship. “Put your hands to work, and give your hearts to God” continues to be the Shakers’ guiding principle, as expressed by their leader Mother Ann Lee more than 230 years ago.

Best-known today for the popular styles of 19th century furniture and crafts, the Shakers have a rich legacy that includes many achievements in social reform, agriculture, technology, and innovation. The flat broom, the circular saw blade, the spring clothespin, chair tilter buttons, and the paper seed envelope are all among a long list of Shaker inventions. The Sabbathday Lake Shakers welcome visitors to experience parts of their history and on-going heritage through their museum, research library, traditional craft workshops, concerts, educational programs, membership support group, and even Sunday worship services.
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  • We were on our way to a lilac festival and couldn't resist stopping here for a few minutes. The museum and store weren't open yet due to the pandemic, but the sheep were all hanging out near the...  more »
  • as the last remaining active shaker community in the world, a visit here is a visit with history. it's in the middle of the Maine countryside and you have to pay attention to the GPS closely to find....  more »
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