Established in 1792, this village flourished in the 1800s and practiced equality of the sexes and races, common ownership, celibacy, and pacifism. The last member of the religious community passed away in 1992. Shakers invented such household items as the clothespin and the flat broom and were known for the simplicity and integrity of their designs. Engaging 60- and 90-minute tours pass through some of the 694-acre property's more than 25 restored buildings, many of them
with original furnishings. Crafts demonstrations take place daily. Ask the admissions desk for a map of the many nature trails. The Shaker Box Lunch and Farm Stand offers salads, soups, and baked goods, and sells seasonal vegetables and locally produced maple syrup. A shop sells handcrafted items.