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.