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Canterbury Shaker Village Reopening its Historic Buildings for New Indoor Guided Tours, Saturday, June 12

Canterbury Shaker Village Reopening its Historic Buildings for New Indoor Guided Tours, Saturday, June 12

Experience Canterbury Shaker Village in a new light this summer. After more than a year, Canterbury Shaker Village is excited to announce the much-anticipated reopening of its historic buildings for new guided indoor tours. In addition to the popular outdoor tours, three newly designed tours launch Saturday, June 12, 2021. For new visitors to the Village as well as long-time members and supporters, the tours offer new perspectives on the legacy of the Shakers and the relevancy of this National Historic Landmark today.

Explore the stories of the Canterbury Shakers, and discover the core values that shaped their collective communities. The Shakers are known for their impact on agriculture, technology, modern architecture, and design. By embracing ideals such as gender-equality, inclusion, pacifism, and communal ownership, the Canterbury Shakers contributed to shaping our nation today.

Visitors will be able to select from four newly-designed tours developed to provide an in-depth experience about the Village and the Shaker community that flourished here. Tours are offered 3-4 times daily, with a limit of 12 guests per indoor tour, and 40 guests per outdoor tour. Pricing, exact tour times, and registration can be found on the website at Tickets are available for purchase starting Monday, May 17, 2021. Private Guided Tours are also available, by appointment. For any questions, please call Rae Easter at 603-783-9511 x 205, or email [email protected]

For now, tours will be held at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm and prices are $20 per person for General Tours and $25 per person for Thematic Tours. Everyone age 25 and younger are free! Members are free for General Outdoor Tours, and half-price for all Indoor Tours. It is recommended to register online ahead of time to secure a spot. Please visit or call 603-783-9511 for more information or to sign up.

The Village is not currently able to offer food service, so please bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds! Light snacks will be available in the Village Store.

Guided Tour Descriptions

A Cultural Landscape – An Outdoor Guided Tour (one hour)
This outdoor tour emphasizes the Shakers’ contributions to architectural design, landscape, waterworks, and masonry.

Shaker Stories –A View inside the Dwelling House, Meeting House, Laundry & Schoolhouse (one hour)
On the Shaker Stories/Inside the Village Tour, explore how the Shakers journeyed from a misunderstood and persecuted people to one of the most intriguing and successful religious communities in our nation’s history. Learn how the Shakers’ vision of “Heaven of Earth” reflects communal life, religious practices, gender equality, pacifism, simplicity, and innovative contributions to American history and culture.

Innovations & Inventions Tour – Grounds Overlooking Mill Pond, Laundry, Dwelling House, School House, Blinn’s Arboretum (1 hour 15 minutes)
As pioneers in seeds, medicines, furniture, textiles, and labor-saving inventions, Shaker innovations shine a light on integral elements of their daily life. On the Innovations & Inventions Tour, take a deep-dive into how the Shakers embraced a growth mindset experimenting, failing, and trying all over again, as well as how their growth mindset influenced the Shakers’ dedication to quality, autonomy, shared knowledge, and community values. Through these explorations, you will also consider how their multiple innovations are relevant today.

Contentment & Well-Being Tour – Infirmary, Ministry Shop (1 hour 15 minutes)
The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially impacted our daily lives as we continue to grapple with our physical and emotional well-being. On the Well-Being Tour, explore how the Shakers built and sustained resiliency through worship, societal structure, connection with nature, medicinal innovation, and mindfulness. In addition, see how we can incorporate aspects of Shaker well-being into our own individual and collective resilience today.

Each tour has been designed with safety in mind. Masks are required and social distancing will be in place during all tours. As the Village opens up more fully, the well-being of its guests, volunteers, staff, and members remains the highest priority.

Thank you to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for their generous support of the Village.

Reserve the Date

Tuesday June 8 – Wednesday June 9, 2021
New Hampshire Gives, the state-wide 24 hour giving day, will take place from June 8, 5pm – June 9, 5pm. This year, the Village will be raising funds for the historic trail system.

Sundays, starting June 20, 2021 –
Music on the Meeting House Green begins on Father’s Day with the first of 13 outdoor concerts. Every Sunday, 4-5pm, through September.

August 1 – 15 & Wednesday, August 18 –
Simply Shaker Annual Online Auction and Picnic. Auction to run from August 1 – 15, Gourmet Picnic to follow on Wednesday, August 18.

Canterbury Shaker is located at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire, just south of Laconia and north of Concord, NH. For more information, visit, or call 603-783-9511 x 205.

The museum is a member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, which connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire. For more information, visit

May 17, 2021
Contact: Rae Easter
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Canterbury Shaker Village
603-783-9511 x 205
[email protected]

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