Meeting & Wedding Rentals

Rental Options at Canterbury Shaker Village

The Village offers a number of settings for corporate retreats and meetings, non-profit functions, weddings, rehearsal dinners, and private parties. We offer a mix of rustic and authentic venues as well as a modern meeting space. A lawn overlooking a beautiful pond is available for outdoor ceremonies and events. A given event may “mix and match” buildings, for example, hosting a meeting in one and moving to another for a reception or meal.

Rentals at the Village are available from April 1- mid-November. Non-wedding rentals are handled by Village staff. All wedding rentals are coordinated by our consulting wedding planner. A wedding package is $2,500, including a choice of ceremony and reception venues (described below). In addition to the facilities listed below, wedding parties are offered the use of a convenient space for pre-ceremony preparation.

Rental options are listed below, with a summary of amenities and pricing.

Education Center (Available May 1, 2018)

This modern meeting space seats 100 and is perfect for a lecture-style presentation or other meeting formats. It is an air conditioned facility with restrooms downstairs. The facility is handicap accessible.
Daily rental rate: $400 ($250 for non-profit)


North Shop

Centrally located in the Village, the North Shop provides a lovely setting for a lunch or dinner for 100, and can host a wedding of that size with a small dance floor. Restrooms are nearby, and although not air conditioned, the building remains cool in the summer.  Tables and chairs are provided.
Daily rental rate: $750 ($400 non-profit)


Meeting House and Dwelling House Chapel

These historic spaces can be used for wedding ceremonies or lectures or meetings that don’t require food service. They can accommodate 100 for a wedding ceremony; a reception could follow in the nearby North Shop or other venue.
Daily rental rate: $400 ($250 non-profit).
The Meeting House or Dwelling House Chapel can be reserved as a back-up to the Garden Lawn for a wedding ceremony (see below) in case of inclement weather.

Horse Barn

Located across the street from the Village proper, the Horse Barn can accommodate up to 100 for a stand-up reception, or 75 for a seated meal on two levels; or 40 for a first floor function. Tables and chairs are provided. Restrooms are in the building next door. It is not heated nor air conditioned so is best used from May-October. It is a good reception option for conferences or meetings held in the Education Center, as the two buildings are adjacent.
Evening rentals: $500 ($350 non-profit); daytime rentals: $350 ($250 non-profit)


Garden Barn

This reproduction barn overlooks Turning Mill Pond and is adjacent to an open field and the Village’s organic garden. It is ideal for a reception for 70, a sit down meal for 50, and could also serve as the dance floor for a wedding. This venue is best used from June-October as it is not heated nor air conditioned. Restrooms are a 5 minute walk, so we recommend the rental of one port-a-potty for guest convenience.
Daily rental rate: $400 ($250 non-profit)


Garden Lawn

This large, flat lawn overlooks Turning Mill Pond and is adjacent to the organic garden and the Garden Barn. It is ideal for a wedding ceremony or for a tented wedding and reception. If used for a wedding ceremony, there are reception options in the North Shop (100), Horse Barn (75) or Garden Barn (50). Benches provided to seat up to 100, with a canopy to cover the wedding party.
Daily rental rate: Ceremony only, $400, if used in conjunction with another Village facility.
Tented function: $2,500 for site and use of adjacent Garden Barn for 24 hours.
We estimate that for a wedding of 150 guests, rental costs for tent, tables and chairs, linens, lighting, and a dance floor would be in the range of $5,000.


For more information and to book your rental, please contact Executive Director, Susan Bennett, at 603-783-9077 ext. 201 or email