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Shaker Heritage Society

25 Meeting House Rd, Albany, NY 12211-1004
+1 518-456-7890
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Depressing

Drove through the grounds this afternoon. Even though was closed, it reminded us of derelict... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Michael M
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Avon, Connecticut
Cool buildings

I've only ever been in the meeting house for craft fairs but it's well maintained and pretty cool... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Chevy1806
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Albany
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Site of the first Shaker community. Located adjacent to Albany International Airport, the historic site features nine Shaker buildings, an herb garden, apple orchard and cemetery where Shaker founder, Ann Lee is buried. The 1848 Shaker Meeting House contains a small museum and gift shop. Hiking trails are available at the adjacent Ann Lee Pond Wildlife Preserve.
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25 Meeting House Rd, Albany, NY 12211-1004
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Drove through the grounds this afternoon. Even though was closed, it reminded us of derelict mental institution.More

Thank Michael M
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

We thank you for taking the time to log on to review the Albany Shaker National Historic Site but we think you should come back again! Walk the grounds on a nice day and see the wonderful stone work lining Shaker Creek. Stop and visit...More

Reviewed 6 March 2017

I've only ever been in the meeting house for craft fairs but it's well maintained and pretty cool. The sounding (presumably abandoned) buildings are also really cool to look at.

1  Thank Chevy1806
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Shaker Heritage Society is a gem located near the Albany Airport. The history of the Shakers is very interesting, and the grounds are lovely. A visit to the summer and fall craft fairs is a must for me, as is a visit for holiday...More

1  Thank PattyR63
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2017

Thank you so much for your review and for continuing to attend our craft fairs. The craft fairs support about 100 local small businesses (handicraft, local food products etc) as well as the education and historic preservation programs of the Shaker Heritage Society. See you...More

Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

An airline schedule curtained the time I had to visit. From the short time I was there I found the area to be incredibly inviting and filled with a wonderful history of the Shakers. I've done some research since being there and am anxious to...More

1  Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 8 November 2016

I definitely visit again. It was educational and I learned a lot about the Shakers. The gift store was nice as well. Quaint place near the airport.

1  Thank soxfanatic
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We spent about an hour here and really enjoyed it! A small museum plus a very large gift shop with so many wonderful items! We couldn't leave empty-handed. The grounds are nice and the buildings are interested. Learn a little about Mother Ann and the...More

1  Thank catcramer
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2016

Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! You can also check out our digital reconstruction of the historic site. It is called Virtual Watervliet and you can find it at ShakerHeritage dot org. It...More

Reviewed 13 October 2016

Lovely grounds, herb garden, cemetery where Shaker founder Ann Lee is buried. Welcoming staff, informative video and exhibit. Gift shop with Shaker herbs and oval boxes. Bring a picnic!

1  Thank Marina D
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of the original sites of the Shakers. The museum is in the old meeting hall. There's a short film in the history of the Shakers. There are exhibits showing some of the Shaker crafts. A gift shop has reproductions of some of...More

1  Thank joggerbill
ShakerWV, Manager at Shaker Heritage Society, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2016

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the site of the first Shaker community. We also have walking trails around Ann Lee Pond. All the property is owned by Albany County but Shaker Heritage Society is working closely with the County to...More

Reviewed 2 August 2016

It is probably sacrilege that Albany County used so much of the former Shaker property for institutional purposes, but this site awaits increased interpretation to benefit visitors. You can still get a sense of how the Shaker community lived in the 19th Century, as long...More

1  Thank Colin M
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The site of the original Shaker settlement.... and of Ann Lee's burial... is till under development, but worth a look if you're in the area. The "Museum" is slight but the site includes a Shaker meeting house in good shape, a beautiful Shaker garden and...More

1  Thank JoeP7494
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