The Dynamics of a Shaker Landscape in Canterbury, New Hampshire



It has often been stated that the term “Shakers” is derived from the expression “Shaking Quakers,” but the official name for this religion and communal style of living is “The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing.” There were at least 19 Shaker Villages in the Eastern United States, from the first that was “gathered” (formally established) at Watervliet (Niskeyuna), New York, in 1787 up until the present day (Andrews 1963:290–292). However, if short-lived communities are also included, then this figure rises to 24 (Newman 1989:310).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencePlymouth State UniversityPlymouthUSA
  2. 2.In the Field Consulting: Architectural History and Historic PreservationEssexUSA

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