Canterbury Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark museum with more than 25 restored Shaker buildings to discover and nearly 700 acres of field, forests, gardens and nature trails to explore. Families will find a variety of hands-on activities scattered throughout the Village. These range from arts and crafts, dressing up as 19th century Shakers, to hands-on antique equipment. In the Power House Activity Center, adults and children can also browse through our collection of books on the Shakers, nature, farming, and other subjects, as well as play historic games.
The Center is open daily during summer vacation months and weekends in May and September-October. The Village also offers Shaker Family Tours, an exciting alternative tour for families with children ages 3 and up. The tour incorporates fun and engaging activities including Shaker singing and dancing, and hands-on activities in the Laundry and School House. The tour is offered daily during summer vacation months and weekends in May and September through October. Enjoy miles of trails or a leisurely walk around the pond. Maps of the Turning Mill Pond Trail are available at the Spin Shop Activity Center and the Admissions Desk. This trail includes forest, field and pond habitats, beaver lodges, the historic Pump Mill, and remnants of the Shaker mill pond system. A fascinating walk for adults, but easy and engaging for children.
Route 93 to Exit 15E, Route 393 East. Take Exit 3, Route 106 North. Take a left off the exit. Continue north on Route 106 for 6.6 miles. Turn left at Shaker Road. Proceed 2.7 miles to the Village.Get directions
The Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand offers light lunch options such as sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goods in a great relaxed atmosphere. You'll also find snacks, drinks, and locally produced food items such as maple syrup.
Greenwood's is a full-service restaurant in the beautifully reconstructed Blacksmith Shop. It serves Shaker-inspired cuisine and is open every day of the week for luncheon during the season.
Several of our special events will particularly appeal to children:
Dewey the Dog and Friends Day on September 10, 2011 during which we celebrate our canine friends. Families can bring their dog and enjoy all kinds of activities
Wool Day on September 17, 2011 is a celebration of the fiber arts and features demonstrations of weaving, sheep herding and fiber-producing animal on display including alpacas, sheep and rabbits.
Our Museum Store, located in the Visitor Center, offers distinctive, well-made goods that represent the workmanship and ingenuity that characterized the Shaker community. You will find traditional and Shaker inspired crafts, such as oval boxes, baskets and brooms, many of which are handmade by regional artisans. Specialty foods, textiles, and personal care products, as well as many seasonal and hard-to-find items, can be found among our shelves.
Canterbury Shaker Village is an indoor and outdoor museum. Understanding the historic nature of the facility and maintaining its historic authenticity, please be aware that many of its buildings have limited handicapped access. However, due to these limitations, the Village strives to make its grounds, exhibits, and programs accessible to all its visitors.