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Trip Guide to New England's Shaker Settlements

It is the purity of Shaker ingenuity that really makes an impression. The quality of their products combined with the uniquely strange nature of Shaker worship services—the Shakers of the 1700's shook, jerked, and spoke in tongues, while those who came later performed ritualized dances and sang songs—have attracted tourists since the early 19th century. Read the article

Inspired by: Driving New England Shaker Settlements — by Rachel Urquhart, Published Feb. 2006

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    Porches Inn

    Paint-by-number pictures adorn the 47 retro rooms at Porches Inn. The string of dignified old Victorian row houses that provided homes for foremen

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    Red Lion Inn

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    Milan

    Northern Italian fare with an extensive wine list.

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    Gramercy Bistro

    A few blocks from MASS MoCa, the Gramercy Bistro specializes in Berkshires-grown, organic ingredients; the white bean cassoulet with garlic sausage

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    Shaker Museum & Library

    Housed in several beautifully laid out barns, converted into a museum space in 1950, is the world's premier collection of Shaker artifacts and arch

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    Mount Lebanon Shaker Village

    At the height of their membership, in the mid 1800's, the Shakers numbered just under 6,000 across 18 prosperous settlements from Maine to Kentucky

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    Hancock Shaker Village

    Head west along the Mass Pike toward Hancock Shaker Village, the Shaker Museum & Library in Old Chatham, and what is left of the buildings that onc

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    Enfield Shaker Museum (and the Great Stone Dwelling)

    The once-haunted inn is now closed, taken over by the nearby Enfield Shaker Museum. Beginning in April, visitors can tour the Great Stone Dwelling

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    Canterbury Shaker Village

    Canterbury was a prominent Shaker village for 200 years and stands as a remarkable—and picturesque—example of how Shaker life evolved over time.

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    Thanks in part to the largesse of their alumni, the area’s colleges (Amherst, Williams, Smith, and Mount Holyoke) have remarkable museums that have helped turn this community of former mill towns a

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