Fodor's Expert Review Canterbury Shaker Village
Established in 1792, this village 15 miles south of Laconia 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 guided tours—you can also explore on your own—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. The café offers light lunch fare and sells seasonal vegetables and maple syrup. An excellent shop sells handcrafted wares.