Canterbury Shaker Village

By: Jill Finger

May 29 2014

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spinning wheel


When Wes and I woke up yesterday morning, it was raining and 46 degrees.  That put a “damper” on any outdoor activity.  Mike, our innkeeper, searched through the brochures and came up with the Shaker Village.  Being some of it would be inside and we both like history stuff, we dressed warmly and headed out.  The first stop was The Quilted Frog, a much smaller quilt shop than Keepsake, that I enjoyed very much.  Then we drove a half hour to the Shaker Village and paid our admission.  It was still misting a bit as we walked to the first building for the furniture display.  Luckily, the curator in there had the heat on, so we were able to enjoy looking at the furniture.  We also saw the broom maker, a very nice man who told us he can make a very sturdy broom in about 2 hours.  We visited the school building and also saw a rug maker at work.  Then it was time for the tour.  Our guide, Joanne,  led 14 of us to a covered porch and gave a 20 minute lecture about the Shaker people.  Even though it was cold out, the time went fast as the lecture was very interesting.  Joanne took us into the laundry room, which doesn’t sound like it would be worth touring, but it was.  The Shakers were way ahead of their time in coming up with ideas to make work more efficient and therefore faster.  The laundry room was fascinating, as was the drying room upstairs.  We also visited another building that was a dormitory type house for the Shakers.  I got to try lying on a rope bed, which was surprisingly comfortable.  The last building we visited, on our own after the tour was over, was the handicraft one.  The spinning, weaving, sewing and knitting were all done in this building.  I greatly admired a sewing cabinet that had more drawers for supplies than I’ve ever seen. We learned a bit of history, saw some beautiful handwork–both wood and textile, and had a wonderful day, in spite of it being cold.

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