Go On A Trip Back Through Time When You Visit The Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury NH – Canterbury Shaker Village is a well-known non-profit museum located in beautiful Canterbury New Hampshire.  The museum was founded back in 1969 to preserve the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. 

The Canterbury Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark and showcases impressive architectural integrity and significance. The Village spawls over 694 acres of wonderful forests, gardens, fields, trails, and ponds.  The foliage in the Fall at the Village is absolutely stunning.

The Canterbury Shaker Village is made up of 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and the land is protected by a permanent conservation easement.  Walking through the Village and into the beautifully-preserved building is very much like taking a walk back through time.  

Canterbury Shaker Village Is Dedicated To Preserving The 200-Year Legacy of The Canterbury Shakers And It Is a Great Place To Visit

The Canterbury Shaker Village provides a place for learning, reflection, and offers a great family-friendly place to visit here in New Hampshire.  You can step into original, restored Shaker buildings and experience the world of the Canterbury Shakers.  When you and your family visit you can walk through the Village grounds and discover some wonderful hiking trails, beautiful gardens, ponds and dams. 

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You Can Discover The Spiritual Life of The Shaker Community Through Guided Tours and Educational Programming

The tour is comprehensive and informative and well-worth signing up for. The Canterbury Shaker Village is a collection of thirty buildings and provides a unique view into the daily life of the Shaker Community from days long ago. When you visit you can see everything the Village has to offer from the Ministry to The Bee House and The Infirmary.

When you visit the Canterbury Shaker Village you can enjoy a quiet, contemplative walk, or bring your family for a nice family outing. With the 696 acre Village there is ample space for learning, hiking, and relaxing, all with beautiful views of the Canterbury New Hampshire countryside.

canterbury shaker village historic building

Visitors To The Canterbury Shaker Village Can Visit The Site on Their Own, or Take a Guided Tour

When you plan your visit I recommend giving yourself at least two to three hours to experience the beauty of the Village, to see the exhibits and fully-enjoy the tours. It is easily possible to spend an entire day exploring the Village and many people do.

The Canterbury Shaker Village museum is made up of both indoor and outdoor components, so it is wise to be prepared for the weather on the day of your visit.  Canterbury Shaker Village features not only beautiful architecture, but an extensive collection of Shaker furniture, crafts, and objects

canterbury shaker village interior building

You Must Visit The Canterbury Shaker Museum In The Fall To See The Beautiful Colors

Nothing beats visiting NH in the Fall.  The NH Fall foliage is breathtaking on a nice Fall day.  Each building represents Shaker life from long ago and over the years and surrounded by the multitude of colors the Village is picturesque. The most lovely pond with beautiful trees in full fall colors is magnificent. Enjoying the lovely walking trails on a Fall day is the perfect time to visit the Village and the campus offers lots of places to sit and relax.

Canterbury Shaker Village Reviews

The Canterbury Shaker Village is well reviewed on Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor and more and boasts overs 278 positive Google reviews.  Here is what some people had to say about their visit to the Canterbury Shaker Village:  

“Oh my goodness I loved this place. It is a must see! So much history!”  

“The Canterbury by Candlelight Christmas tour was just magical! It was blowing a gale, but nobody cared…we just bundled up and enjoyed the ambiance!”

“Like stepping back in time”

“Very interesting place from a historical perspective. Loved the fact that women and men were regarded as equals in many aspects of their work and lives.”

To Learn More About The Canterbury Shaker Village

You can learn all about the guided tours, grounds, events and more by visiting the Canterbury Shaker Village website https://www.shakers.org/ or their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CanterburyShakerVillage

The Canterbury Shaker Village is located at:  

288 Shaker Rd
Canterbury, New Hampshire 03224


Kyle Battis is a life-long NH resident that enjoys making his way around the state, sampling delicious food and drinks, and sharing his experiences. Follow us at www.HereInNewHampshire.com