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When Shakers came to Massachusetts in the late 1700's they came to evangelize. The group, also known as The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Coming were passionate about what they believed. They were so passionate that when the spirit moved them, they shook, jumped, mumbled, and displayed signs of the "spirit" outwardly.
One afternoon I was at a neighbor’s house when two young women attired in Shaker costumes appeared at the rear door. They said the Shakers always lived according to their profession, were honest and upright, but that they did not wish to live a celibate life any longer. A strange sensation seemed to creep over me, and something like a voice said, “Why listen to them? Go to the Shakers. See for yourself who and what they are.”
They were inspired to proclaim their world to a revolutionary America. Shakers had requirements though including celibacy. The first ceremonies, led with Mother Ann and her eight followers were chaotic. Some even described them as emotional. Imagine, a group of people following their own drum. This movement reached it's height in the 1820s throughout the 1860s. Women and men lived traditionally, even for the time but believed in equality of the sexes. The goal in labor was perfection.
Want to be a Shaker?
You can't there are three remaining members that live in a small group in Maine. They closed their membership forever.
Head out for Adventure and visit the Shaker Historic Trial that the NPS has put together!
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village -- New Gloucester, Maine
Alfred Shaker Historic District -- Alfred, Maine
Enfield Shaker Historic District -- Enfield, New Hampshire
Canterbury Shaker Village -- Canterbury, New Hampshire
Harvard Shaker Village Historic District -- Harvard, Massachusetts
Shirley Shaker Village -- Shirley, Massachusetts
Hancock Shaker Village -- Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Tyringham Shaker Settlement Historic District -- Tyringham, Massachusetts
Enfield Shakers Historic District -- Enfield, Connecticut
Mount Lebanon Shaker Society -- New Lebanon, New York
Watervliet Shaker Historic District -- Albany, New York
North Union Shaker Site -- Cleveland, Ohio
Whitewater Shaker Settlement -- New Haven, Ohio
South Union Shakertown Historic District -- South Union, Kentucky
Shakertown at Pleasant Hill Historic District -- Harrodsburg, KY
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