Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Summer Day Trip [Photos]
The location is beautiful. It's high on a hill with a spectacular vista of fields and sky. The tours are guided and last about an hour. It was quite the learning experience and reveals a part of Maine history that I knew little about. The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is the only active Shaker village still in existence. There are 3 living members. Because of their celibate lifestyle, the community has dwindled significantly. Shaker members give up all of their property and are then cared for by the community. I found it interesting how progressive the group has been. They are not stuck in a past time avoiding modern conveniences. I highly recommend that you take a trip to the village. We packed a lunch and enjoyed it on one of the picnic tables on the property. They also have two shops to purchase herbs grown in the fields and other hand made items.
After our visit, we went into the center of New Gloucester for ice cream cookie sandwiches at the New Gloucester Village Store. Meals, fresh bread & pastries, candy and other delicious items are also available there and highly recommended.
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