On Friday, July 12th, we visited the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine is home to the only active Shaker Community in the world today. Established in 1783, and situated on 1,800 acres of farm and forest land with seventeen historic structures from the 1780's through the 1950's, the Village continues to be a place where the Shakers live, work, and worship. “Put your hands to work, and give your hearts to God” continues to be the guiding principle as expressed by their leader Mother Ann Lee more than 230 years ago.
Shaker Library was established in 1882 by Elder Otis Sawyer. It is housed in the original 1880 Shaker Schoolhouse with the collections enclosed in a two-level temperature and humidity controlled vault. It is an archive for the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community, as well as a nationally known center of primary and secondary materials by and about the Shakers, from their origins to the present day. Subjects covered include history, religious philosophy, herbal medicine, architecture, furniture, crafts, music and education.
This is the 1816 Granary which has an exhibit titled "Creating Chosen Land: Our Home Since 1783." This is one of the self guided tours and features numerous objects, pictures, etc of Shaker life in New Gloucester. My favorite is the picture of the snow roller which they use to roll down the snow to make roads.