The New Hampshire Lakes Region and surrounding areas are full of unique history and culture. During your time at the Inn On Golden Pond, you may want to consider a trip to the historic Canterbury Shaker Village. This restored Shaker village has been named to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark . To find out about the great things awaiting you at the Canterbury Shaker Village, read on!
The Canterbury Shaker Village was originally built in 1792 as one of two Shaker communities in what was called the New Hampshire Bishopric. The community embraced many modern inventions such as transportation, communication devices, power sources and other machinery. The Village gained its own powerhouse in 1910 and telephones event earlier in 1901. Today, the Canterbury Shaker Village is operated by a non-profit dedicated to preserving the Shaker heritage. The mission of the Canterbury Shaker Village is “preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection and renewal of the human spirit.”
Visitors learn about the Shaker way of life through tours, exhibits and demonstrations. Tours, both guided and self-guided, are a great way for guests to see what life in the village was like. Buildings on the property include shops, dwellings houses, an infirmary, horse barn, meeting houses and several gardens and greens paces. Exhibits of Shaker furniture, textiles and other goods are open for viewing in several buildings. Workshops and demonstrations and of Shaker crafts such as broom making, printing, oval box making, poplar weaving, wood turning, tin smithing, spinning, weaving occur regularly at Canterbury Shaker Village.
During your time at the Canterbury Shaker Village, you can visit the Museum Store to take home some traditional Shaker goods and crafts handmade by regional artisans. Specialty foods, oval boxes, baskets, textiles, and more can be found on the shelves of the store. There are also two dining options at the Canterbury Shaker Village: The Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand and The Shaker Table. The Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand offers lighter options like salads, soups, sandwiches, and baked goods as well as snacks and beverages. Be sure to try some locally made maple syrup while you’re there too. The Shaker Table is the home of the Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Program, and students serve a sit down lunch three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Lunch reservations are encouraged and you can make them by calling (603) 708-1192. The Culinary Arts Program also hosts special events and workshops in the Village.
When you’re planning your visit to the Canterbury Shaker Village, don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. Our spacious yet cozy guest rooms are the ideal place to unwind and enjoy the charms of the Lakes Region. Of course, each stay includes a scrumptious breakfast each morning. Whether you want to fill up your itinerary with area activities or just take it easy, our Holderness bed and breakfast has everything you need to enjoy the perfect getaway. Rustic country charm meets modern amenities and conveniences at the Inn On Golden Pond for an experience you won’t soon forget! We can’t wait to see you soon!
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