Where In The World…Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury, New Hampshire

Canterbury Shaker Village can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note:I lived in New Hampshire for 3 years in my early twenties. I used to pass this village all the time on the way up to my grandmother’s house. Unfortunately I never stopped by this place. My mom and her friend went here once and my mother loved it. She said it was a very calming place.

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  1. I have driven by this place a few times. We did stop in once about 30 years ago. It is such a beautiful place. I love Shaker furniture, the simpleness of it. It’s beautiful at this time of the year too.

    I love New Hampshire in the fall. We don’t really have a fall with all of the changing colors here in Texas.

  2. I love places like this. It’s such a pretty picture. I lived in Canada for a short while and spent many summers up there and had come to know Mennonites and Huderites (sp). Are Shaker’s kind of the same kind of lifestyle? They all live together right? I don’t know much about Shakers. I should do some reading up on it. It sounds so interesting. I know Huderites make beautiful wood furniture and are work.

    I believe the Shakers are like the Amish. I am not familiar with the 2 that you spoke of.

  3. Mennonites are an offshoot of the Amish. My parents had friends who were Mennonites. I still cook a rice and chicken dish that the lady Mennonite gave my Dad about 35 years ago.

    That is interesting, I will have to see if I can find some recipes online.

  4. Yes Joan, the Mennonites are great cooks and I have some wonderful recipes from people I know. They love the cream sauces! All fat free of course!!!

    Ohhh, cream sauces, I remember those. I love pearl onions in a white cream sauce!

  5. Mel

     /  September 29, 2008

    Hello, my husband and I lived in New Hampshire several years ago and had the pleasure of visiting Canterbury Shaker Village several times. Pleasant Hill Shaker Village in KY is also very nice, but not as serene as Canterbury.

    I find the Shakers and the Amish fascinating, but they are not much alike. The Amish don’t believe in the use of electricity and other modern inventions, such as phones (however, I have been told that some of the younger ones have cell phones now, necessary for business). The Amish marry and own their own farms. In the Midwest you can tours their farms and buy their wares–candles, baskets, jams, jellies, and of course the famous furniture. I believe the Mennonites are more modern than the Amish.

    The Shakers, in contrast, believe in celibacy. The only way to gain more people to their religion is by conversion, obviously. The Shakers also are very interested in modern technology, and embrace it–they even have patents on some machinery (the tours at Canterbury are great for this info). There are only 3 or 4 Shakers left–living in Northern Maine.

    I have heard of the Hutterites but can’t tell you much about them. I believe they are more like the Amish than the Shakers, if you’re comparing them.

    Thanks for the clarification. I love learning about things especially when I am wrong.


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