Monday, February 06, 2006

Field Trip!

Yesterday I went to Hancock Shaker Village in western Massachusetts. It was the first other Shaker Village I've been to. They are definitely not in full swing right now, but at least they do guided tours in the off season, whereas we are entirely closed. My tour guide gave me a behind-the-scenes tour of their Dwelling House which has sustained some pretty bad water damage in the attic - we are so lucky to have so many of our buildings restored! Overall the comparing and contrasting was fascinating...so many things were very similar to Canterbury, but they have some very differently designed buildings (the round barn - cool!). They are also a working farm - sheep, oxen, chickens, etc. so that gives it a whole different feeling. The gardens are a lot more prominent - you have to walk through them to get to the buildings, whereas ours are a ways out behind the village and many people never bother to visit them. Fun!

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Anonymous Liz said...

Sounds like a nice trip. James and I went there about 5 years ago... he has a fascination with Shaker furniture, so it was kind of for "study". We haven't been to your village yet, but maybe this will be the year. We'll make sure to seek out the gardens (and you!). :)

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