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April 14th, 2010 – by: esterrene
My knowledge of the Shaker culture was a bit limited. I knew that the community was known for its crafts and unique lifestyle choices.. But I didn't know the small details of the community. I always thought that they were as isolated from the modern world as the amish are, but I was wrong!! While they did live in isolated communities so as to preserve their way of life they were still very much apart of the greater community through economy and technology! Their talents in woodworking, leather tannery, basket making and cloth were valuable goods sold to the public.
Other points of interest with the community is the simple architecture and those "unique" lifestyle choices.. As stated the Shakers valued simplicity in their lives.. My understanding is that frivolous details will distract from a pious life.
The village was really cool to visit! though an expensive place to visit ($17 for one person!) and due to the season a section of the village was not open. Because of this I probably won't return for another visit, but still I had fun during the couple of hours that I was there. While I was visiting there was a group of school children visiting, I bet the kids had a blast!
I did love the interaction with the baby animals! It was the main reason to why i went in the first place! But i think the baby animals were more interesting in feeding than to play with me! :P LOL!
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