Canterbury Shaker Village

by: Ja'Kaila Simmons

Shaker Founder

The Shakers are a religion sect that began as an off-shoot in England in the mid 1700's. The Shaker founder, Mother Ann Lee and eight other people immigrated to the United States in 1774. Mother Lee was able to attract loyal people who spread the gospel in New England. In the mid 1800's, Shaker-ism numbered over five thousand people living in some eighteen societies. They are in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida.

Shaker Remains

Ever since the time Shaker-ism slowly went disappear. Today they're only twelve Shakers left in Canterbury, New Hampshire, and Maine. Though the Shakers have disappeared, the Shaker way of life still here. The remaining parts are at the Shakers Museums, Shaker community tourists, Shaker manufactures, (like chairs, and oval boxes with prices over $100,000 in the antiquities market) and Shaker songs.

Shaker Beliefs

Shaker life is center number of beliefs and values. (including a belief in the second coming of Christ) Behaving in with these values seem as a route to salvation. Though the Shakers lived in their own communities in huge farms with lots of buildings. They did not vote, and they didn't live totally outside mainstream society. Shakers were often in their own region to use electricity, telephones, their own cars, trucks, and tractors for the community. Today they use television (TV) and computers.

Shaker Manufacturing

Shaker community were large farms, with a variety of cottage. They also make furniture, metalworking, seed-packaging, basketry, broom-making, and weaving. The Shakers invented a circular-saw, brimstone-match, flat broom, and the revolving oven. The equality between the sexes was divided traditionally. Men did the outside work and heavy manufacturing. Women had to do domestic work, cooking, make clothes, and weave.