ECALT - Shaker Heritage Society

Part of the Erie Canal Adventure Lab Trail Welcome to the Shaker Heritage Society! The Shaker Heritage Society works to preserve the site of America's first Shaker community, founded in 1776. There are 9 historic buildings, an herb garden, walking trails (with geocaches), and small museum with a gift shop. Explore the historical Meeting House and wander the grounds of the Church Family, including Ann Lee Pond. In 1774, a small group left Manchester England for New York City, fleeing religious persecution. Their leader was Ann Lee, an illiterate textile worker. In 1776 the group know derisively as the Quaking Shakers leased land near Albany and established a communal religious society. Officially known as the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearance, they eventually became know simply as the Shakers. The Church Family closed its doors in 1925. Although the number of Shakers has declined, the Shaker faith is still alive today at the Sabbathday Lake Settlement in Maine Bonus GC93HX8

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